Hartford man pleads guilty to tax evasion

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (WTNH) — Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, and William Offord, Special Agent in Charge of IRS Criminal Investigation in New England, announced today that Troy Hester, 42-year-old, of Hartford pleaded guilty yesterday in Bridgeport federal court to one count of tax evasion.

This matter stems from an Internal Revenue Service investigation into State of Connecticut employees and others who had little or no federal withholding taken out of their paychecks and who failed to file income tax returns. The investigation revealed that certain individuals submitted fraudulent W-4 forms claiming numerous exemptions, or that they were exempt, and had little or no money withheld from their wages.

According to court documents and statements made in court, during the 2008 through 2013 tax years, Hester, while employed by the Metropolitan District Commission, paid little or no federal income taxes on approximately $438,877 in income he received, resulting in a federal tax loss of approximately $70,480.

Hester is scheduled to be sentenced on Aug. 11, 2015, by U.S. District Judge Alvin W. Thompson in Hartford. He faces a maximum term of imprisonment of five years, a fine of up to $250,000, and is required to pay all back taxes, plus interest and penalties.

This case is being investigated by the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation Division, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Susan Wines.

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