Dental clinic manager admits to employment tax violations


Date: March 28, 2024


The son of a local dentist has pleaded guilty for failing to pay taxes withheld from employee wages, announced U.S. Attorney Alamdar S. Hamdani.

Jonathan Louis Lepow was the manager of his father’s dental practice, Kenneth A. Lepow DDS Inc., located in Houston. The clinic had approximately 51 employees during the relevant time period from 2015 to 2017. Lepow was involved in the financial decision making at the clinic. In particular, he was responsible for accounting for and paying employment taxes to the IRS.

As part of his plea, Lepow admitted during the first quarter of 2015, he failed to pay $544,272 in IRS trust fund taxes collected from the clinics’ employees. Instead of paying these amounts to the IRS, Lepow used the money to pay vendors and transferred funds to accounts of other entities he was involved in establishing.

Lepow has agreed to pay $495,847 as part of his plea.

U.S. District Judge Charles R. Eskridge has set sentencing for Aug. 22. At that time, Lepow faces up to five years in federal prison and a possible $250,000 maximum fine.

IRS Criminal Investigation conducted the investigation. Former Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA) Quincy Ollison prosecuted the case, and Assistant AUSA Adam Goldman handled the plea hearing.