Lafayette company owner sentenced to 4 year, must pay IRS $6M for not paying withholding taxes

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BATON ROUGE, Louisiana — The owner of a Baton Rouge-based health care company has been sentenced to four years and ordered to pay nearly $6 million to the federal government for failing to pay several million dollars in employee withholding taxes.

U.S. Attorney Walt Green said in a news release that District Judge Shelly Dick ordered 69-year-old Charles A. Lanphier, of Lafayette, to begin serving his sentence immediately.

Lanphier pleaded guilty in December to two counts of failing to truthfully account for and forward to the Internal Revenue Service taxes that were withheld from employees' paychecks. He admitted failing to pay more than $2.5 million in such taxes from 2008 to 2011.

Dick found that Lanphier's criminal conduct stretched back to 2005 and resulted in a loss of more than $5.9 million to the IRS.

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