Baltimore businessman pleads guilty to employment-related tax offenses | Takeover bid


A Baltimore businessman pleaded guilty today to willfully failing to report and pay employment taxes to the IRS.

According to court documents and statements made in court, Jonas Purisch operated two employee recruiting companies, Titan Staffing Network, Inc. and Titan Services, LLC, both of which provided workers to third-party manufacturing companies in Maryland. . Purisch owned both companies and was responsible for their operations, including withholding and remitting employment taxes to the IRS on behalf of employees. Between March 2018 and March 2021, Purisch withheld but did not remit to the IRS more than $2 million in payroll taxes on behalf of employees of the two companies. As part of his guilty plea, Purisch agreed to pay more than $3.4 million in restitution to the IRS. This amount includes the employer’s share of employment taxes that Purisch owes to the IRS.

In April 2013, Purisch was convicted in the District of Maryland of filing a false personal income tax return and willfully failing to file a tax return. He was sentenced to three months in prison.

Purisch is expected to be sentenced on December 12. He faces a maximum of five years in prison for willful failure to report and pay employment taxes. He also faces a period of supervised release, restitution and financial penalties. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering US sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors.

Acting Assistant Deputy Attorney General Stuart M. Goldberg of the Justice Department’s Taxation Division and U.S. Attorney Erek L. Barron for the District of Maryland made the announcement.

IRS-Criminal Investigation is investigating the case.

Tax Division Attorney Michael C. Vasiliadis is prosecuting the case.

Acting Assistant Deputy Attorney General Goldberg thanked the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland for its assistance in the case.


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