According to the Burlington Free Press, a Sheldon, Vermont couple is accused of taking money from employees’ withholdings for more than ten years and not paying it to the government. The couple, Herbert and Lynn Bartemy, owe the U.S. government $315,536.
The Bartemys were responsible for two companies, Transport Dynamics and TDI Repair Facility Inc.
Court papers allege that the Bartemys withheld the funds from their employee’s checks but failed to make the proper payments to the Federal Insurance Contribution Act (FICA).
Herbert Bartemy was the “responsible person” for Transport Dynamics, the government claims. Transport Dynamics owes $130,274 in FICA payments and penalties.
Both Bartemys were named as the responsible parties for TDI Repair Facility Inc., which owes $185,408 in FICA payments and penalties
Transport Dynamics was a trucking company. The company was shut down and replaced by TDI Repair Facility, a towing and repair business.
Bartney told the publication that his company got into financial trouble when a cheese plant suddenly closed its doors.
The US is seeking a court order to require the Bartmeys to sell their home and other properties to satisfy tax liens filed against them by the government.