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Stamford trash company owner gets 1.5-year prison sentence

May 22, 2019

STAMFORD — A Stamford man was sentenced to serve a year and a half in prison for not filing tax returns for his garbage removal business for nearly 15 years.

Wayne Margarum, Sr., 72, of Stamford, was setenced to serve 18 months in prison, followed by two years of supervised released, for failing to file tax returns, according to the state Department of Justice.

For more than 40 years, court documents indicate, Margarum owned and operated Margarum Refuse, a company that provides garbage removal services for customers in the Stamford area and part of Westchester County over the line in New York.

The business services about 600 to 700 clients with fees between $25 and $60 per month, the DOJ said.

“Neither Margarum nor his business has filed tax returns for the tax years 2004 until the present,” the DOJ said in a news release.

Before sentencing, Margarum paid $25,000 in taxes owed. He still owes about $330,000 in back taxes, plus penalties and interest, the DOJ said.

He pleaded guilty on May 24, 2018, on two counts of willful failure to file an income tax return.

Margarum, who had been released on bond, was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service after Wednesday’s court proceedings.

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