He reportedly used some of the money to buy season tickets to the 50-yard line of Dallas Cowboys games and charter jets to take him and his friends to games.
MIDLAND, Texas – A Midland business owner will have to pay more than $12 million in restitution and spend 24 months in prison, according to a federal judge.
Thomas Valdez Rodriguez, 45, was the owner of Tom-E-Lee Trucking and Tom-E-Lee Industries.
According to court records, Rodriguez failed to pay employment taxes withheld by employees at his trucking company starting in 2012 and his industrial company starting in 2015.
He also reportedly failed to pay personal income taxes starting in 2011.
Non-payment of these taxes by the business continued until 2018.
According to the federal court, Rodriguez caused a total loss of $12,714,214.42 in unpaid taxes. He will be required to pay this to the IRS.
Rodriguez reportedly used some of the money to buy season tickets to the 50-yard line of Dallas Cowboys games and charter jets to take him and his friends to games.
He also bought a new home for over $2 million.
Rodriguez pleaded guilty in January to two counts of willful failure to account for and pay federal withholding taxes.
He had already paid $1 million in those fees before he was sentenced on August 9.
“Rodriguez spent millions in unpaid employment taxes on himself, funding his lifestyle and growing business. These actions not only harmed his employees’ future Social Security and Medicare benefits, he was also stealing by all honest taxpayers and the Treasury of the United States.” said IRS Special Agent in Charge of Criminal Investigation Ramsey E. Covington of the Houston Field Office.