Kansas City Business Journal reported that Jeffrey Phillips, a businessman in health care services, pleaded guilty to evading $4.8 million in payroll taxes for several companies he owned.  Phillips admitted to failing to pay taxes between 2001 and 2005.  During that time, he failed to make federal income, Medicare and Social Security taxes tied to 13 limited liability corporations he owned.

Those companies included:

• JP Holdings LLC in Shawnee, which was a shareholder entity for other businesses.

• Citadel Holdings LLC, which operated an unnamed nursing home in St. Joseph.

• Citadel Partners LLC, which provided employees to the St. Joseph nursing home.

• Rainmakers LLC, a management company.

• Elk Manor LLC, a provider of management services to a Moline, Kan., nursing home.

• LTC-ES, a payroll company for nursing homes.

• LVCO LLC, a staffing and management services company for an unnamed nursing home in Leavenworth.

• Bladen Foods LLC, a meat processing plant in El Dorado.

• Lush Farms LLC, a show-cattle breeder on 80 acres in McLouth, Kan., a small city north of Lawrence.

• ViaCare Home Health LLC, a home health care company.

• Elf Support Services LLC, an in-home nursing company in Emporia.

• Midwest Nursing Home Investors LLC, a staffing company for in-home nursing services.

• Jewell Healthcare LLC, which provides staffing services to nursing facilities.

Phillips is set for sentencing on March 1. He faces a maximum sentence of five years in federal prison, $250,000 in fines and a restitution order.



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