Massachusetts News: BOSTON, Owners of Home Healthcare Company Plead Guilty to Tax Fraud

BOSTON, Ms. – The co-owners of a Boston-area home healthcare company pleaded guilty in federal court in Boston yesterday for underreporting income to the IRS resulting in over $1 million in losses.

Hannah Holland, 51, of Quincy, and Sheila O’Connell, 51, of North Weymouth, pleaded guilty to an Information charging them with one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States and three counts of aiding and assisting in the preparation of false tax returns. U.S. Senior District Court Judge Mark L. Wolf scheduled sentencing to Feb. 13, 2019.

According to court documents, Holland and O’Connell co-owned and operated Erin’s Own Home Healthcare Inc. (“Erin’s Own”), a home healthcare business. Between 2010 and 2014, Holland and O’Connell cashed over $3.5 million of Erin’s Own business checks through nominee bank accounts controlled by an unnamed individual. During this time period, Holland also personally cashed over $77,000 of Erin’s Own business receipts.

None of these funds were ever reported to the IRS or accounted for in the company’s tax filings. Instead, Holland and O’Connell provided their tax preparer with a limited set of the financial records that did not cover the substantial amounts of business funds Holland and O’Connell diverted. As a result of the underreporting, Erin’s Own caused a loss of $1,126,112 to the IRS.

The conspiracy charge provides for a sentence of no greater than five years in prison, three years supervised release, and a fine $250,000. The charge of aiding and assisting in the preparation of false tax returns provides for a sentence of no greater than three years in prison, one year supervised release and a fine of $250,000. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling and Kristina O’Connell, Special Agent in Charge of the Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigation in Boston, made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jordi de Llano, Deputy Chief of Lelling’s Securities and Financial Fraud Unit, and Trial Attorney Brittney Campbell of the Department of Justice’s Tax Division are prosecuting the case.


SOURCE: news provided by JUSTICE.GOV on Wednesday, November 21, 2018.