DOJ: Orange landscaper failed to pay IRS over $67k

April 6, 2018 GMT

ORANGE — A landscaper will serve five years in prison after he failed to pay more than $67,000 in taxes to the Internal Revenue Service, the Department of Justice said.

Thomas Capecelatro, 64, of Orange, was sentenced Friday to five years imprisonment followed by one year of supervised release. The taxes owed to the IRS were employment taxes.

Capecelatro has owned and operated a landscaping business known as Chestnut Ridge Landscaping since 1984.

From Oct. 2010 to Oct. 2013, Capecelatro’s business withheld $42,322.64 in payroll taxes from its employees and failed to truthfully account for and pay that money to the IRS, the DOJ said.

During that same time period, Capecelatro failed to pay $24,089.28 in federal employment taxes and $1,347.54 in federal unemployment taxes owed by his company.

The business also failed to file quarterly employment tax returns with the IRS.


The total tax loss to the U.S. Treasury from Oct. 2010 to Oct. 2013 was $67,759.46. Last May, Capecelatro made restitution of the total money owed to the IRS. He still owes additional penalties and interest on that amount.

Capecelatro also owes additional restitution for unpaid taxes, interest and penalties for the third quarter of 2005 through the third quarter of 2010, the DOJ said.

On Nov. 28, 2017, Capecelatro pleaded guilty to one count of willful failure to account for and pay over employment taxes.

He is released on bond. He was ordered to report to prison on June 6.