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Scotch Plains Businessman Pleads Guilty to Underreporting $1.38 Million in Income

Paul Robinson, the owner of P.H. Robinson Design and Landscaping, will be sentenced in May.


The owner of a Scotch Plains landscaping company will be sentenced on May 15 after he pleaded guilty of defrauding the government of hundreds of thousands of dollars in underreported income, according to release by U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman.

Paul Robinson, 45, the owner of P.H. Robinson Design and Landscaping Company Inc., admitted in February before U.S. District Judge Katharine S. Hayden to one count of filing a false tax return. Robinson underreported $1.38 million in income, officials said.

According to court documents, Robinson maintained several different bank accounts into which he deposited P.H. Design customer monies, but only provided his accountant with records for one bank account. Robinson caused false corporate returns to be filed for P.H. Design for 2005 through 2008, and caused false personal returns to be filed for 2006 through 2008.

Under terms of the plea agreement, Robinson admitted to causing tax losses of $200,000 and $400,000. He faces a up to three years in prison and a fine of $100,000 on the filing a false tax return charges.

Jeannine Cavaliere April 16, 2013 at 06:26 PM
What is the real story, then?
Bridget April 16, 2013 at 08:13 PM
Not this, that's for sure.
Barney Oldfield April 16, 2013 at 08:28 PM
The information contained in this article appears to be almost verbatim from the press release issued by the U. S. Attorney's Office. If you have a problem with the article, I suggest you explain what is inaccurate about it...or read the press release and "information" filed with the Federal Court. It is on the government website with a link.
Frank Zappa May 01, 2013 at 06:02 PM
He was a nice boy. He used to cut my lawn.
M. O'Hara May 04, 2013 at 04:03 AM
We recently had our new landscape completed by this company, simply put-they did an excellent job. Its truly beautiful and I highly recommend Paul. I became aware of this news while researching the company as part of my due diligence, but after careful consideration and speaking with Paul it was clear his business matters are in the process of being resolved. We all know the old adage "Don't believe anything you hear and only half of what you read" -Benjamin Franklin-

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