|By Guillermo Contreras, San Antonio Express-News|
The scheme included creating new firms and walking away from the tax liability, unbeknownst to the small businesses that hired them.
Chief U.S. District Judge
"They knowingly violated our country's tax laws," McCollough added. "It is important to remember on this day that the Criminal Investigation division of
McHugh said the fraud had about 5,000 victims.
Rather than use the money the defendants were paid by the small businesses to submit payroll taxes and provide workers compensation insurance, they squandered it on vacations, girlfriends, gambling trips to
Pircher had already served federal prison time for tax fraud. He was given a second chance upon his release in 1996 by
Eventually, Pircher took control of the first PEO and began the fraud. Kimes, a disbarred lawyer, also worked for Walker and later joined Pircher in perpetuating the fraud.
Earlier this year, Biery sentenced others who once were in decision-making positions with the PEOs in question.
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