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Defense contractor CFO pleads guilty to withholding payroll taxes from IRS

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The owner and chief financial officer of a San Diego defense contractor pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday to failing to pay over to the United States payroll taxes that she withheld from employees' paychecks.

Ildiko Pinero, 35, who owns Alpha Machining Products & Development Inc., is scheduled to be sentenced April 19.

At the time of the offense, Alpha was a defense contractor engaged in the machining of weapons parts and other products for the Department of Defense.

Authorities said that as an employer, Alpha was required to withhold employment taxes it paid to its workers, including federal income taxes and the employees' share of Social Security and Medicare taxes, commonly referred to as "trust fund taxes."

After collecting the trust fund taxes, Alpha was required to pay them over to the Internal Revenue Service.

In addition, Alpha was required to account for and pay over its own "employer's share" of the Social Security and Medicare taxes resulting from employing their workers.

Pinero, of El Cajon, admitted during her guilty plea that from January 2006 through September 2008, she withheld payroll taxes from the paychecks of Alpha's employees, including more than $110,000 in withholdings for federal income tax, plus the employees' share of Medicare and Social Security taxes.

Despite withholding these sums from the employees' paychecks, Pinero refused to pay the taxes to the IRS, according to authorities.

The defendant also failed to pay over Alpha's share of Social Security and Medicare taxes in the amount of approximately $57,000.

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