Beaufort News

Second Bluffton man charged with tax fraud

Another former construction company owner in Bluffton has pleaded guilty to under-reporting payroll taxes, according to U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles' office.

Francisco De Leon Campa, 43, pleaded guilty to one count of willfully failing to truthfully account for and pay withholding taxes for the second quarter of 2007, according to a news release Thursday.

The release said Campa was the sole proprietor of Francisco Campa General Carpentry Inc. and falsely categorized certain workers as subcontractors instead of as employees from 2006 through 2008. The government's total tax loss was $427,004, the release said.

Senior U.S. District Judge Sol Blatt Jr. of Charleston accepted the plea and will impose a sentence later. The maximum penalty is a $250,000 fine and five years in prison, the release said.

The plea follows a similar one announced Wednesday involving Jorge Alberto Nunez, the owner of Jorge's Carpentry Inc. in Bluffton.