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Hauppauge payroll execs charged

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The chief executive of a Hauppauge payroll company was charged with fraud Wednesday in the alleged $20 million theft of IRS tax payments from former clients in California including the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District.

Albert Cipoletti, chief executive of Ingentra HR Services Inc., was charged with mail fraud, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of California said in court documents.

Kerry Seaman, comptroller for the company, formerly known as Humanic Solutions, was also charged with wire fraud, the court records show. Neither was arrested, the Sacramento Bee reported.

From 2005-2010 the two defrauded special government districts in Sacramento County of $17 million, and diverted another $3 million from private companies SanDisk Corp., The Stanley Works and Stanley Solutions Inc., prosecutors said.

The two collected the proper amount of payroll taxes from its clients, then sent a lesser amount to the IRS, the prosecutors said.

The Sacramento Bee reported Thursday that, from 2007 to mid-2010, Ingentra should have paid $71 in payroll taxes to the IRS for its Sacramento clients, but instead sent only $54 million.

If convicted, the two face terms of up to 20 years in prison and a fine of twice the amount of money gained by fraud.

Seaman and Cipoletti could not be reached for comment Thursday.

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