Lawn service owners convicted of federal tax violations

The owners of a lawn service company in Beaumont were convicted Wednesday for failing to report taxable income of approximately $ 1.5 million to the Internal Revenue Service.

Dick Brocato Jr., 68, and wife Judith L. Brocato, 65, were accused of misreporting the amount of money they received from customers to Superior Lawn Maintenance. According to an indictment last year, the Brocatos were unable to report annual revenues of more than $ 500,000 from 2012 to 2014.

They were each convicted in federal court in Beaumont on one charge of conspiracy to fraud against the United States and six charges of filing and filing false tax returns. A three-day trial followed.

Davilyn Walston, U.S. Attorney General’s information officer in the eastern district of Texas, said no other parties are expected in the case and customers did not appear to be aware that their payments were misreported.

The couple’s son, Brandon Brocato, was also listed as the operator on the company’s website, but was not mentioned in the indictment or statement by the US Attorney General.

The company was accredited by the Better Business Bureau but had no rating. There has only been one complaint in the past three years.

“The obligation of all of us to pay our taxes is important and no one should forget that there are criminal penalties if you fail to pay your taxes as required,” US attorney Joseph Brown said in a statement.

The conviction is not yet planned until the U.S. parole board investigates. The charges are punished with up to five years in prison.

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