HOWELL – A Monmouth County business owner has been sentenced to one year in prison for tax evasion and failing to pay over half a million dollars to the IRS.
Wilson Salas-Molina, 41, of Howell, had pleaded guilty to information charging him with one count of payroll tax evasion and one count of failure to collect, account for, and pay over payroll taxes.
Salas-Molina was the owner and operator of US Contractor Inc. (aka Wilson Contractors Inc., aka WC Contractor Inc.), a roofing business located in Monmouth County.
Instead of paying the IRS the employment taxes, Salas-Molina used checks from roofing clients to pay his employees in cash to conceal his payment of wages from 2012 to 2018.
According to documents, he failed to report, account for, and pay over employment taxes to the IRS. This resulted in Salas-Molina not paying over $540,000 in employment taxes to the IRS.
On May 6, Salas-Molina was sentenced to 12 months and one day in prison. He also was sentenced to three years of supervised release and has to pay $541,181 in restitution to the IRS.
Acting U.S. Attorney Honig credited special agents of IRS – Criminal Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Michael Montanez, with the investigation leading to today’s sentencing.