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Former Payroll Manager of Home Healthcare Company Pleads Guilty to Federal Tax Offense

Leonard C Boyle, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that INNIS FREDERICK, 61, of Saint Cloud, Florida, pleaded guilty today via videoconference before U.S. District Judge Victor A. Bolden to a tax offense, which stemmed from his employment at a Stratford-based home healthcare company.

According to court documents and statements made in court, Frederick worked as the payroll manager for Equinox Home Care, LLC (“ECH”), a home healthcare company based in Stratford that was originally established as a partnership between Frederick’s sister, Theresa Foreman, and another individual.  In September 2012, the partnership ended, and, by court order, Foreman was obligated to make payments to her partner for the purchase of the partner’s interest in EHC.  Between approximately 2012 and 2016, Frederick assisted Foreman by processing payroll that caused checks to be issued to “ghost employees,” who did not actually work for ECH.  The money paid to the ghost employees was actually paid to Foreman, who did not report the hundreds of thousands of dollars of income on her tax returns.  By submitting false payroll data, Frederick also caused false Forms W-2 and W-3 to be submitted to the Internal Revenue Service.

Frederick pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States and impede and impair the IRS, an offense that carries a maximum term of imprisonment of five years.

Frederick has agreed that the tax loss attributable to him as a result of his involvement in this scheme is approximately $248,827.

Frederick is released on a $20,000 bond pending sentencing, which is not scheduled.

Foreman was previously charged and convicted in relation to this scheme, and other conduct.  She has been ordered to pay more than $600,000 in restitution to the IRS.

Former Chief Financial Officer of the home healthcare company, Pamela Smith, also was charged and convicted in a related case.

This matter is being investigated by the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation Division.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jennifer R. Laraia and Peter S. Jongbloed. 

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