Chelmsford Business Owner Going to Jail After Not Paying Nearly $500,000 in Employee Taxes
William Belleville faces 18 months in prison and a year of supervised release in addition to a requirement to pay nearly half a million dollars in back taxes to the IRS.
A former Chelmsford business owner was sentenced last week for failing to pay payroll taxes collected from his employees.
U.S. District Judge Patti B. Saris sentenced William E. Belleville, 58, of Groton to 18 months in prison to be followed by one year of supervised release, and $460,000 in restitution. On April 10, 2012, Belleville pleaded guilty to conspiracy and tax evasion charges.
According to the office of U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz, Belleville was the former owner of a paving and plowing company in Chelmsford, Mass. Paving. From 1993 to 2006, he withheld payroll and income taxes from his employees’ wages, but failed to pay those sums, equal to the amount he was required to pay in restitution, to the Internal Revenue Service.