New Hampshire Man, Walter Rodriguez Sentenced to 18 Months in Prison for Facilitating Employment Tax Fraud
CONCORD (STL.News) Walter Rodriguez, 46, of Manchester, was sentenced today to 18 months in prison for employment tax fraud.
According to court documents, from 2011 to 2013, Rodriguez aided and abetted several drywall companies that were evading the payment of employment taxes. Rodriguez found workers for the companies for construction jobs. The companies then issued checks in the names of fictitious or fraudulent identities and provided those checks to Rodriguez. He then converted the checks to cash at local check-cashing businesses and paid the workers off-the-books. In total, Rodriguez enabled the payment of $1.7 million in unreported wages, causing a tax loss of $416,000.
In addition to the term of imprisonment, U.S. District Judge Steven J. McAuliffe ordered Rodriguez to serve 1 year of supervised release and to pay approximately $416,163 in restitution to the United States.
Rodriguez previously pleaded guilty on January 12, 2021.
Acting United States Attorney John J. Farley and Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Stuart M. Goldberg of the Justice Department’s Tax Division made the announcement.
“The defendant committed a serious violation of federal law,” said Acting U.S.