A federal grand jury in Harrisburg handed down an 17-count indictment Wednesday against a local businessman who federal authorities said evaded taxes for six years to the tune of almost $217,000.
The grand jury report charges that Howard Ginting, 29, of Harrisburg, underpaid his businesses’ taxes from 2006 to 2011 while owning two Harrisburg-area temporary-employment agencies.
According to the report, Ginting first owned Ginting Enterprises Inc. and underpaid Social Security and Medicare taxes owed by the company by about $120,000 from October 2006 to February 2008.
In that time, he paid employees more than $850,000 but reported on his tax returns that he paid employees only about $69,000.
In February 2008, he shut down Ginting Enterprises Inc. and started the same labor business under a different name — Trojan Services Inc. — in the Harrisburg area, according to court documents. The company paid employee wages of about $638,000 from February 2008 to May 2011, but Ginting didn’t report all of the wages to the IRS, according to the grand jury. In that time, he underpaid his taxes by about $97,000, documents state.
The maximum penalty for Ginting’s fraud charges is 75 years in jail and a fine of more than $300,000, according to U.S. Attorney Peter Smith.