President of Richmond consulting firm pleads guilty to employment tax fraud

 

Date: September 3, 2020

Contact: newsroom@ci.irs.gov

A Richmond, Virginia, businessman pleaded guilty today to failing to collect, truthfully account for, and pay over employment taxes.

According to documents and information provided to the court, Rama Gogineni was president and director of Computech Services Inc., a technology consulting services firm in Richmond, Virginia. Gogineni was also responsible for collecting, truthfully accounting for, and paying over to the IRS Social Security, Medicare, and income taxes withheld from his employees' wages. Beginning as early as 2007 and through 2015, Gogineni did not pay over more than $980,000 in employment taxes to the IRS. During this time, Gogineni entered into three separate installment agreements with the IRS committing to make the payments, but defaulted each time.

"Gogineni's failure to pay over employment taxes withheld, not only resulted in decreased revenue to the US Treasury Department but can negatively impact future social security and Medicare benefits for the employees whose withholding Gogineni failed to deliver to the IRS," said IRS-CI Special Agent in Charge Kelly R. Jackson. "We will continue to investigate those who fail to uphold their obligations to pay over taxes due and hold them accountable - everyone must pay their fair share."

U.S. District Judge David Novak scheduled the sentencing for Feb. 10, 2021. At sentencing, Gogineni faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison as well as a period of supervised release, restitution, and monetary penalties.

Special agents of IRS-Criminal Investigation conducted the investigation, and Assistant Chief Todd Ellinwood and Trial Attorney William Montague of the Tax Division and Assistant U.S. Attorney David McGuire, are prosecuting the case.