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Tax evasion charges for Minuteman Environmental president

The 45-year-old president of Minuteman Environmental Inc. has been in the news of late over a lawsuit he and his wife have filed against Attorney General Kathleen Kane, claiming that the AG made improper use of search warrants in an effort to seize their assets. The same Pennsylvania man is now facing charges of tax evasion, and officials claim that he intentionally understated the amount of income tax that he and his wife owed for the tax year 2012. He has signed a plea agreement in that case, but still faces charges at the state level and the risk of additional federal charges.

Minuteman Environmental is an emergency response company that cleans up hazardous spills and other environmental threats. The company is based in Milton, and was the subject of an investigation by the Attorney General's office. As a result of that investigation, the president of the company faced more than 60 state-level charges, ranging from insurance fraud to dumping hazardous materials into the ground.  Many of those charges have been dropped, but a pre-trial conference for those that remain is expected to occur in Jan. 2016.

It is unclear how the tax evasion charges came about, and whether those accusations are related to the investigation by Kane's office. The man has signed a plea agreement in regard to those charges, and will pay nearly $500,000 in taxes and fines as part of that agreement. He has been ordered to pay nearly $140,000 before his sentencing hearing, which has yet to be scheduled.

In making this plea agreement regarding the federal charges, the Pennsylvania president of Minuteman Environmental will be able to avoid a stressful and potentially lengthy trial in the matter. That leaves him with more time to focus on addressing the state charges that remain. In regard to the tax evasion charges, those pertain only to the tax year 2012, and it is alleged that he owes federal taxes for additional years.

Source: dailyitem.com, "Minuteman Environmental owner charged with tax evasion", Justin Strawser, Nov. 19, 2015

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