MDC Employee Pleads Guilty to Federal Tax Evasion

An Metropolitan District Commission employee has pleaded guilty to tax evasion, according to U.S. Attorney Deirdre M. Daly.

Troy Hester, 42, of Hartford, pleaded guilty on Tuesday in Bridgeport federal court to one count of tax evasion. Federal officials said he paid little or no federal income tax on approximately $438,877 in income between 2008 and 2013, resulting in the federal government losing around $70,480.

Hester was arrested amid an Internal Revenue Service investigation into State of Connecticut employees, as well as others, who had little or no federal withholding taken out of their paychecks and who failed to file income tax returns.

Investigators determined that some people submitted fake W-4 forms, claiming several exemptions, or that they were exempt, and had little or no money withheld from their wages.

Hester is scheduled to be sentenced on Aug. 11.

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