HAMMOND | A Schererville doctor has received a year and a day in prison for failing to collect and pay employment taxes to the federal government, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Friday.
Ronald Eugene Jamerson, 56, also was ordered to pay $541,083 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service, which represents the total tax loss owed for all tax periods from 2003 through 2008.
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. On October 25, 2013, he pleaded guilty to one count of willfully failing to truthfully account for, collect and pay employment takes to the IRS.
Court records state Jamerson, an ear, nose and throat surgeon, deducted and collected from his employees’ paychecks federal income and employment taxes in the amount of $63,929 over 11 tax quarters, but failed to file the employment tax returns and pay the related employment taxes.
The case was investigated by special agents from the IRS Criminal Investigation Division and prosecuted by attorneys Erin S. Mellen and Chris J. Maietta of the IRS Tax Division.