Bluffton man pleads guilty to filing false tax return

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WTOC) - A Bluffton man pleaded guilty Tuesday to filing a false federal tax return.

Luis O. Campa of Bluffton, 44, was charged in October with one count of felony information.

Campa is president of the Hilton Head Island-based FCJ Construction Inc. He admitted that he was the responsible party for collecting, truthfully accounting for, and paying over payroll taxes for FCJ Construction, Inc. for calendar years 2006, 2007 and 2008, according to court documents. He admitted that he reported on his 2006 Annual Employer's Federal Tax Return, Form 944, that his company paid wages, tips, and other compensation of $31,327.90 when he knew in fact that his company paid wages, tips, and other compensation of $435,083.90, court records show.

Campa willfully filed a false Form 944 for calendar year 2007 and false Employer's Quarterly Tax Returns for calendar year 2008, which underreported the wages, tips, and other compensation paid by his company, according to court records.

As part of his plea agreement, Campa agreed that the tax loss as a result of all the false returns is $309,521.29.

United States Attorney Bill Nettles said in a statement that the maximum penalty Campa could receive is a fine of $250,000, imprisonment of three years and a year supervised release.

A sentencing date has not yet been scheduled.

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