Local paving company owner pleads guilty to tax evasion


Date: July 25, 2022

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The owner of a local paving company pleaded guilty today to tax evasion in connection with a seven-year scheme to underreport income on his tax returns.

Robert Brainard, of Weymouth, pleaded guilty to one count of tax evasion. U.S. District Court Judge Leo T. Sorokin scheduled sentencing for October 17, 2022. Brainard was charged on July 15, 2022.

Brainard, the former owner of Got Pavement Needs, Inc., underreported income on his personal tax returns for tax years 2014 through 2021, resulting in an income tax loss of more than $593,993. In addition, to hide his control of the business, Brainard transferred ownership of his company in a straw sale, while maintaining control over the company's operations and income.

The charge of tax evasion provides for a sentence of up to five years in prison, up to three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000 or twice the gross gain or loss, whichever is greater. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and statutes which govern the determination of a sentence in a criminal case.

United States Attorney Rachael S. Rollins and Joleen D. Simpson, Special Agent in Charge of the Internal Revenue Service's Criminal Investigations in Boston made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kriss Basil of Rollins' Securities, Financial & Cyber Fraud Unit is prosecuting the case.