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Former director of defense contractor pleads guilty to tax evasion | Takeover bid

ByDeborah C. Lowery

Apr 25, 2022

A former director of a defense contractor pleaded guilty today to tax evasion.

According to court documents and statements made in court, from 2010 to 2016, Ronald L. Thomas, of Wellington, Florida, worked in Afghanistan, Oman and the United Arab Emirates for a contractor company for the United States Department of Health. Defense as project director and in other roles. In 2016 and 2017, Thomas served as a paid consultant for a Mexican oil and gas company. From 2010 to 2017, Thomas evaded taxes owed to the IRS by underreporting to his tax preparer the salaries and bonuses he earned for each of those years. In total, Thomas failed to report about $870,000 in compensation he earned from 2010 to 2017, resulting in a government tax loss of more than $227,000.

Thomas is the third defendant associated with the defense firm to plead guilty. Charles Squires pleaded guilty to tax evasion in February 2022 and James Robar pleaded guilty to tax evasion in March 2022.

Thomas is expected to be sentenced at a later date and faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison for tax evasion. 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 Matthew M. Graves of the District of Columbia made the announcement.

IRS-Criminal Investigation and the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction are investigating the case.

Assistance was provided by the Joint Chiefs of Global Tax Enforcement (J5), which brings together the tax authorities of Australia, Canada, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Senior Litigation Counsel Nanette Davis and Attorneys Brittney Campbell and Sarah Ranney of the Tax Division, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Leslie Goemaat of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia are pursuing the case.

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