Hazleton roofing company owner sentenced to six months’ imprisonment for failing to pay payroll taxes


Date: May 18, 2022

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SCRANTON — The United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Charles R. Ehrenberg, owner of Ehrenberg Roofing and Construction, Inc., located in Hazleton, Pennsylvania, was sentenced yesterday by United States District Court Judge Malachy E. Mannion to six months' imprisonment to be followed by six months' home confinement with electronic monitoring and a two-year term of supervised release, for failing to collect and pay over several years' worth of required federal payroll taxes.

According to United States Attorney John C. Gurganus, for a four-year period from 2017 to 2020, Ehrenberg willfully failed to collect and pay over to the IRS required federal payroll taxes in the total amount of $185,681.90. By paying his labor force, which was comprised mostly of undocumented immigrants, an all-cash wage, and by failing to properly account for and pay over any required payroll taxes, Ehrenberg deprived the government of substantial tax revenue. At sentencing, Ehrenberg was also ordered to make restitution to the IRS in the amount of $185,681.90.

The case was investigated by IRS-Criminal Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffery St John prosecuted the case.