- July 22, 2021
- Posted by: Stratford Team
- Category: Business
A New York ambulance service business owner pleaded guilty on July 20 to failure to pay employment taxes.
According to court documents and admissions made in court, Steven J. Kwestel, of Lawrence, owned and operated Courtesy Transportation Inc. (Courtesy Transportation), a Brooklyn business that provided ambulance services. As the person who exercised control over Courtesy Transportation’s financial and business operations, Kwestel had a duty to truthfully account for and pay over to the IRS payroll taxes owed by its employees. From 2013 through 2019, Kwestel withheld employment taxes from his employees’ paychecks but did not pay over to the IRS $1,302,841 in taxes owed. Rather than paying the taxes due to the IRS, Kwestel used corporate funds to make hundreds of thousands of dollars of expenditures for his and his family’s personal benefit.
Kwestel is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 20 and faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison. He…