Business owner pleads guilty to failing to pay employment taxes



business owner pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday to failing to account for and pay employment taxes, leading to a more than $2.2 million tax loss, federal authorities said.

Alphonso Tillman, 44, of Fort Washington, had been president and owner of Remote Surveillance

Technology Solutions

Inc. and a successor business, Remote Surveillance Technology Services LLC, both of which provided commercial and residential security guards, the plea agreement said.

Tillman failed to file quarterly forms showing the amount of wages and compensation subject to withholding, income tax withheld and taxes due, said the announcement by

Rod J. Rosenstein

, U.S. Attorney for Maryland, and Rick A. Raven, special agent in charge for the

Internal Revenue Service

criminal investigation field office in Washington.

Tillman also failed to pay payroll taxes due to the IRS on a periodic basis, except payments made as a result of collection efforts, the announcement said.


Between 2005 and 2008, Tillman made hundreds of thousands of dollars of expenditures from the businesses' bank accounts for his personal use, while failing to pay the IRS the payroll taxes withheld from employees' paychecks. The failure to pay taxes owed by the businesses resulted in more than $2.2 million in tax loss, Rosenstein's announcement said.

U.S. District Judge George L. Russell III scheduled sentencing for Jan. 23. Tillman faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison followed by three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine, and he has agreed to pay restitution.