A Lafayette man who owns a Baton Rouge-based health care company is awaiting sentencing after admitting he failed to pay $2.5 million-plus in employee withholding taxes from 2008 to 2011.
Charles A. Lanphier, 68, pleaded guilty Monday in Baton Rouge federal court to two counts of failing to truthfully account for and pay over taxes that were withheld from the paychecks of employees, U.S. Attorney Walt Green said.
Lanphier’s company, Regional Healthcare LLC, is headquartered in Baton Rouge but has operations throughout Louisiana and Florida. The services provided by Regional include patient care assistance; home health; extended home health service, also known as pediatric care; and hospice.
U.S. District Judge Shelly Dick did not set a sentencing date for Lanphier, who faces up to 10 years in prison, fines and restitution.
Regional Healthcare was required to collect payroll taxes from its employees and deposit the money with the IRS on a periodic basis. The company also was supposed file federal income tax returns on a quarterly basis.
But Lanphier admitted Monday he knowingly and willfully failed to file the quarterly employment tax returns and also failed to forward payroll taxes to the IRS, according to a factual stipulation contained in his plea agreement with the United States.
Lanphier failed to make payments on Regional’s behalf totaling more than $2.5 million during the tax years 2008 through 2011, the factual stipulation states.
Lanphier’s lead attorney, Mike Skinner, declined comment Tuesday.