HOUSTON — A local man has been arrested for tax evasion and non-payment of payroll taxes, Jennifer B. Lowery announced.
Jonathan Louis Lepow is scheduled to make a first appearance before US Magistrate Judge Peter Bray at 2 p.m. today.
According to the indictment, released under seal on March 30, Lepow operated Lepow DDS. He would have been the office and business manager responsible for payroll obligations and paying taxes to the IRS. Beginning in 2012, Lepow stopped paying employment taxes to the IRS, the charges allege.
The indictment further alleges that Lepow avoided paying taxes owed to the IRS by opening and closing bank accounts, accepting cash payments for dental and other services, and depositing income in bank accounts held in the name of other companies. These would have included the Texas Center for Continuing Education, Lepow Properties LLC, American Dental Supply LLC, Lepow Management Inc. and Lepow Management LLC.
During the 2012-2016 tax years, Lepow’s unpaid employment tax liability exceeded more than $1.7 million.
If convicted, Lepow faces up to 10 years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000.
IRS – Criminal Investigation conducted the investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Quincy L. Ollison is prosecuting the case.
An indictment is a formal charge of criminal conduct, not evidence.
A defendant is presumed innocent unless convicted in due process.