Sunday, March 9, 2008

Nursing home executive found guilty of tax evasion

A former nursing home executive was found guilty of conspiring to evade $34 million in taxes and other crimes, the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram reported March 8.

For some of the crimes involved in the tax evasion scheme, Stephen Michael Ewing could be sentenced to up to 20 years in prison per charge and ordered to pay fines of up to $250,000 per charge. Ewing and two associates at one time controlled 70 nursing homes in Texas, Iowa, Kansas, Virginia and Oklahoma. To cover their tracks and their ownership of the nursing homes, the men created about 150 sham payroll companies.

The other two men involved in the scheme, Larry May and attorney Gary R. Trebert, pleaded guilty to two charges and are awaiting sentencing.