Leesville accountant pleads guilty to failure to pay taxes - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Leesville accountant pleads guilty to failure to pay taxes

Lafayette, LA (KPLC) -

A Leesville accountant has pleaded guilty to failure to pay taxes in federal court, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley.

Finley said that 60-year-old Larry Wayne Bruce pleaded guilty Tuesday before U.S. Judge Richard T. Haik to two counts of failure to pay taxes.

Finley said Bruce pleaded guilty to one count of the pending indictment for admitting to his failure to pay the proper amount of payroll taxes owed to the Internal Revenue Service while working as a financial officer at Express Marketing Incorporated in Leesville from 2003 to 2007.

Finley said Bruce admitted it was his responsibility to pay the payroll taxes withheld from EMI employees, and also admitted to taking more than $190,000 in excess of his salary from EMI.

Bruce also pleaded guilty to another count of the pending indictment, where he admitted to not paying his personal taxes from 2005 until he left the company in 2007, according to Finley.

Finley said Bruce could face up to five years in prison, a fine of $250,000 or both with three years of supervised release on the first count, and he could face up to one year in prison, $25,000 in fines or both with one year supervised release for the other charge.

Sentencing has not been scheduled.

Finley said the Internal Revenue Service conducted the investigation.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Myers Namie prosecuted the case.

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