Feds: Canfield doc charged, failed to turn over employee taxes

Dr. Nicholas Garritano is charged with willful failure to pay over taxes.

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WKBN) – A Canfield obstetrician faces federal charges after investigators from the US Attorneys Office and the FBI say he failed to turn over various taxes collected from his employees.

Nicholas M. Garritano, 54, is charged in an indictment with a willful failure to pay over taxes. He’s accused of collecting employment taxes, Social Security and Medicare from the employees, but failing to turn all of it over to the government.

The indictment alleges that during 11 quarters spanning from 2009 through 2012, Garritano was president and sole shareholder of a corporation run by the name “Dr. N.M. Garritano, Inc.,” located in Canfield. Garritano caused the corporation to pay taxable wages and salaries to its employees, from which federal income and FICA taxes were withheld, according to a release from the US Attorneys Office in Cleveland.

The indictment claims Garritano filed quarterly forms with the Internal Revenue Service on behalf of the corporation relating to the employment taxes. Although the corporation withheld substantial employment taxes from the wages of its employees for each quarter, the defendant failed to pay over the full amount of the withheld taxes to the IRS, according to the news release.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew B. Kall following an investigation by the IRS.

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