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Case Number: 3:19-cr-30117-SMY
Court: United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois (St. Claire County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office
Description: East St. Louis, IL: Willful Failure to Pay Over-Collected Employment Taxes criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant, Gary Hunsche, who was charged with filing to submit payroll taxes will be spending the
next few years behind bars.
“Tax fraud is not a victimless crime,” said U.S. Attorney Steven D. Weinhoeft. “Stealing from the
public fisc hurts all Americans, and those who flaunt the federal tax laws will be prosecuted.”
Court records show that Hunsche owned and operated a pair of Troy-based staffing
companies: Unique Risk Management and Unique Personal Consultants. The businesses employed
thousands of employees who were then leased to clients as temporary workers.
Between 2011 and 2016, Hunsche withheld federal incomes taxes, Social Security, and Medicare taxes
from his employees’ paychecks but never paid them over to the IRS, resulting in a loss to the
United States in excess of $9.4 million.
Hunsche used approximately $4 million in unpaid payroll taxes for improvements to his personal
residence, located on 41 acres in Troy, including an indoor basketball court, a barn, a lake, and
partial construction of a home with a swimming pool.
“Today’s sentencing of Mr. Hunsche shows that the courts do not take lightly those individuals that
willfully fail to pay over millions in federal payroll taxes,” said Tyler Hatcher,
Special Agent in Charge of IRS-Criminal Investigation’s St. Louis Field Office. “Thousands of
employees trusted Mr. Hunsche to properly collect and pay employment taxes but Mr. Hunsche admitted
that he chose to spend the money he collected to build his empire. IRS Criminal
Investigation will vigorously investigate employers who betray their duties to employees.”
As part of his sentence, Hunsche was also ordered to spend 18 months on supervised release. The
investigation was conducted by IRS-Criminal Investigation.
The prosecution was handled by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Norman R. Smith and Luke J. Weissler.
Outcome: Defendant was sentenced to 48 months in prison.