DANBURY, Conn. — The owner of a Danbury flooring company was sentenced to prison time for tax evasion, according to Deirdre M. Daly, U.S. attorney for Connecticut.
David Benincasa, 35, of Danbury, was sentenced Monday, Jan. 25 by U.S. District Judge Robert N. Chatigny in Hartford to three months in prison, followed by two years of supervised release. During that time, he must spend six months in home confinement.
Chatigny also ordered Benincasa to pay a $15,000 fine and perform 120 hours of community service. His brother was already sentenced in connection with the scheme.
Court documents and statements made in court say David Benincasa and his brother, Scott Benincasa, were 50 percent owners in Goodhouse Flooring, a Danbury business that provides floor installation and flooring products to retail and commercial customers.
David Benincasa assisted Scott Benincasa with the daily operations of the business, but had primary responsibility for its financial aspects.
For the 2008 through 2010 tax years, the brothers intentionally understated gross receipts from their business on the Schedule C attached to their respective federal personal income tax filings.
During those years, the brothers failed to accurately report the expenses incurred in running their business, as they paid certain laborers who worked for their business in cash and then failed to reflect the cash payments on their filed returns.
Before being sentenced, David Benincasa paid $238,274 in back taxes, plus applicable interest and penalties.
On Oct. 28, 2015, David Benincasa pleaded guilty to one count of tax evasion and Scott Benincasa, 32, of Danbury, pleaded guilty to one count of filing false tax returns.
On Jan. 21, Scott Benincasa was sentenced to three years of probation, six months of home confinement and 120 hours of community service.
He also was ordered to pay a $15,000 fine and $47,076 in back taxes, plus applicable interest and penalties.
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