A local landscaper who performed work in Pleasanton and Livermore has been sentenced for tax evasion, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
Kevin Matthew Hoggatt was sentenced last week to five months community confinement followed by five months home detention, three years of supervised release, a $30,000 fine and ordered to pay restitution of $53,593 for tax evasion, United States Attorney Joseph P. Russoniello and IRS agent Scott O'Briant announced.
Hoggatt, 45, pleaded guilty June 24 to four counts of tax evasion. According to the plea, Hoggatt admitted that he was the sole proprietor of his landscaping business -- Norcal Landscape and Maintenance, which recently changed to KH Maintenance and Irrigation Repair, LLC.
According to court records from 2003-2006, Hoggatt underreported his gross receipts from his business by at least $364,318, according to investigators on the case. Some of Hoggatt's customers paid him with checks made payable to his business, some customers paid him with cash while others paid him with checks made payable to him personally. Hoggatt reported only some of the checks made payable to his business and did not report the cash or the checks that were made payable to him personally.
Hoggatt used some of the unreported income to pay off his mortgage on his home in Livermore, investigators reported. He also purchased a 2004 Ford F250 for $31,000 and opened a 10-month certificate of deposit in the amount of $40,000.
Hoggatt also failed to file Form 941, Employer's Quarterly federal tax returns. He falsely reported to the IRS that he did not have any employees, when during that time he had up to three employees who he paid in cash.