WASHINGTON | An area physician has pleaded guilty to failing to collect and pay employment taxes to the federal government, the U.S. Department of Justice announced.
In the plea agreement, Dr. Ronald Jamerson, of Schererville, agreed to pay restitution in the amount of $541,083.
Jamerson faces a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison, three years of supervised release and a maximum fine of $250,000 when sentenced Jan. 24.
The case was investigated by the department and the Internal Revenue Service with the assistance of the U.S. attorney's office in Hammond.
Jamerson was indicted in June 2012 on 11 counts of failing to file quarterly employment tax returns with the IRS and failing to pay federal income and FICA taxes from the second quarter of 2006 through the fourth quarter of 2008, the announcement states.
According to the indictment and other pleadings, Jamerson — an ear, nose and throat surgeon who opened his practice in the late 1990s —deducted and collected taxes from his employees' paychecks but failed to file the tax returns and employment taxes from 2003 through 2008.