New Hampshire roofing contractor sentenced for filing a false tax return


Date: December 9, 2021


BOSTON — A New Hampshire roofing contractor was sentenced today in federal court in Boston in connection with failing to report income from his roofing and siding business to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

Ronald McPhail of Windham, N.H., was sentenced today by U.S. Senior District Court Judge George A. O'Toole Jr. to one year and one day in prison and one year of supervised release. McPhail was also ordered to pay a fine of $10,000 and restitution in the amount of $708,494 to the IRS. On June 8, 2021, McPhail pleaded guilty to one count of filing a false tax return.

McPhail owed more than $700,000 in income taxes to the IRS after he failed to report more than $7.1 million in revenue and approximately $2.43 million in income from his roofing and siding business on his federal tax returns for tax years 2014 through 2019. To conceal his scheme, McPhail cashed customer checks without first depositing them and withheld information concerning these checks and other business revenues from his tax preparers. Additionally, McPhail concealed his income by requesting payment from his customers in several sequentially numbered checks in amounts less than $10,000 and then cashing them at different bank branches on different days.

Acting United States Attorney Nathaniel R. Mendell 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 Seth B. Kosto, Deputy Chief of Mendell's Securities, Financial & Cyber Fraud Unit, prosecuted the case.