The owner of a Brick Township asphalt company will spend a year and one day behind bars and remain on probation afterwards for shorting the government more than $435,000 in tax payments.
Donato DiPasquale, 57, owner of Stars-N-Stripes Asphalt Maintenance, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Peter G. Sheridan last week following his agreement to a plea deal. DiPasquale, in addition to the jail term and probation, will also be obligated to pay restitution of $435,270, of which he already has paid $307,404, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s office said.
According to an example of the violations provided by prosecutors, DiPasquale, during the third quarter of 2015, failed to pay over $26,633 in payroll taxes on behalf of seven employees, and did not file necessary paperwork. The seven employees were paid $112,446.
DiPasquale failed to pay the full $435,270 in payroll taxes between 2010 and 2015, the statement said.
“Investigating and prosecuting business owners who intentionally fail to pay their employment tax obligations is a priority for IRS-Criminal Investigation,” said Michael Montanez, Special Agent in Charge of the Criminal Investigation Unit of the IRS’s Newark field office. “Today’s sentencing is a reflection of just how serious the courts view these crimes and Mr. DiPasquale is now a convicted felon with a prison term to serve.”
DiPasquale was not listed as an inmate in the federal Bureau of Prisons database.