Former Rocklin business owner to serve 28 months in prison for tax fraud

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A former Rocklin business owner was sentenced to 28 months in prison for failing to pay more than $1 million in taxes. William Roseberry, 59, previously of Rocklin, was sentenced Tuesday by Senior United States District Judge Lawrence K. Karlton to 28 months in prison for evading and failing to remit over $1 million in taxes to the Internal Revenue Service. As part of the sentence, Roseberry was also ordered to pay restitution to the Internal Revenue Service in the amount of $1,040,500.36. The defendant, who the court characterized at sentencing as being a “scofflaw,” had previously entered a guilty plea to willfully attempting to evade or defeat taxes on Sept. 29, 2009. According to court documents, Roseberry owned and operated a drywall business in Rocklin, as a sole proprietorship, under the name of Western Wallboard and/or Bustos Drywall between October 2003 and September 2006. During this time period, Roseberry evaded or failed to remit more than $1 million in employment and income taxes owed to the Internal Revenue Service in connection with the 350-plus employees of the drywall business. Roseberry falsely reported to the Internal Revenue Service that the total wages paid to employees by the drywall business were approximately $229,972.42, and that the total amount of Social Security taxes and Medicare taxes due thereon were approximately $35,185.78, when, in fact, the total wages subject to taxation were the approximate sum of $5,638,917.93. The corresponding taxes owed were $862,754.44. In addition, Roseberry collected income taxes from employees in the approximate amount of $236,379, but did not remit the same to the Internal Revenue Service. This case was the result of an extensive investigation by the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigations, as well as the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney S. Robert Tice-Raskin prosecuted the case. ~Staff report