Loans to a Business Not Paying Their Payroll Taxes Results in the Banker Being Convicted

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ArrestedHere’s a chilling situation that lenders, factors and MCA funders working with merchants who are behind on their taxes might want to take note of.

On June 27th, Douglas Corriher, a bank VP, was hit with a 32-count superseding indictment over a factoring fraud conspiracy with a staffing company in North Carolina. Despite the dozens of pages alleging improper conduct between Corriher and the staffing company owner, Corriher pled guilty to employment tax conspiracy because Corriher knew the staffing company owed payroll taxes but factored their invoices anyway to enrich the bank.

As the Department of Justice summarized it:

“Corriher was aware that the company owed more than $1 million in payroll taxes. Notwithstanding this, Corriher continued to make advances on the loans knowing that the fund of unpaid payroll taxes would enable the staffing company to repay the loan and allow the bank to continue collecting high rates of interest on the loan advances along with lucrative fees.”

The indictment had alleged that Corriher knew that the money withheld for payroll taxes by the staffing company would be diverted to pay the bank instead of the IRS despite the IRS having a de facto superior lien. The bank was said to be illegally in possession of the IRS’s money due to the banker’s actions.

Despite more than 30 counts of offenses seemingly more egregious than this, employment tax conspiracy is what garnered a conviction. Corriher is scheduled to be sentenced on October 6th. He faces a maximum of 5 years in prison.

Last modified: July 30, 2017
Sean Murray

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