- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 25, 2017

EASTON, Pa. (AP) - The owner of a payroll company has pleaded guilty to tax evasion charges in the theft of $5.3 million in wage taxes from his clients.

Defense attorney Philip Lauer said 51-year-old Robert McAndrew of Bethlehem pleaded guilty in federal court to 21 counts of tax evasion including underreporting his own income for years. McAndrew’s sentencing is scheduled for July 25. The Easton Express Times reports that his plea agreement requires him to pay back the money.

McAndrew founded NEPA Payroll Services Inc. in 2004. Authorities said in court documents that he prepared two sets of tax returns for one client, giving the client the set accurately showing the amount owed but filing a fake set to the Internal Revenue Service.

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