This week, it was announced that 52-year-old Dorian Wills of Buffalo, New York had pleaded guilty to tax evasion. The defendant now faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison. Between April of 2010 and October of 2013, Wills operated a debt collection business under various names.
- Heritage Capital Services LLC
- Performance Payment Processing LLC
- Performance Payment Service LLC
- Pinnacle Payment Service LLC
- Velocity Payment Solutions LLC
The defendant resided in New York, but spent a great deal of time in Cleveland, Ohio and Atlanta, Georgia where the companies were located. From approximately November of 2010 to approximately October of 2013, Wills operated a business called Freestar World LLC, which he did work for the collection companies.
These debt collection companies were involved in illegal debt collection practices, including making harassing phone calls and collecting debt that did not exist. Wills had two individuals assist him to avoid detection from law enforcement authorities. He had these individuals incorporate several companies in George and Ohio. They also opened bank accounts in the names of the companies and submitted applications for merchant accounts in the names of the companies.
Between 2010 and 2013, none of the companies filed a tax return. The defendant also failed to file his tax returns for the 2011 and 2013 years. For the 2012 tax year, the defendant filed a return but did not include information from any of the businesses. As a result, the defendant owes more than 1.2 million dollars. Additional details have been made available here.