CAMDEN, N.J. – A Camden County, New Jersey, businessman today admitted filing false tax returns that failed to report all of his business income, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.
Rodney Bush-Rowland, 41, of Camden, pleaded guilty by videoconference before U.S. District Judge Robert B. Kugler to an information charging him with one count of making and subscribing a false income tax return.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
Bush-Rowland was the sole owner of To & Fro Transportation Inc., a Camden business that provided medical transportation services. Bush-Rowland admitted that during 2014 and 2015, he used a commercial check casher to negotiate over $2.7 million of To & Fro’s revenue checks. He admitted that he failed to include a large portion of the cashed checks on To & Fro’s corporate income tax returns. Bush-Rowland also admitted that he substantially underreported To & Fro’s income on his own individual income tax returns, causing a tax loss of more than $25,000.
In addition to filing false income tax returns, Bush-Rowland admitted to failing to pay over to the IRS employment taxes for To & Fro’s employees. During 2014, 2015, and 2016, Bush-Rowland filed quarterly employment tax returns that falsely reported that To & Fro paid all of the employment taxes due and owing for its employees. Bush-Rowland admitted that he actually failed to pay over more than $147,000 of To & Fro’s employment taxes during these three years.
The charge to which Bush-Rowland pleaded guilty carries a maximum potential penalty of three years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 16, 2020.
U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited special agents of IRS-Criminal Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Michael Montanez, with the investigation leading to today’s guilty plea.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Bender of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Camden.