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New charges filed against operators at payroll firm Employee Services Net

Additional charges have been filed in a federal criminal case involving a Cornelius payroll company whose operators were indicted last month for allegedly defrauding more than 100 of their clients.

A superseding bill of indictment filed Tuesday in Charlotte accuses James William Staz and his father, William James Staz, of willfully attempting tax evasion by failing to file federal tax forms and pay their clients’ federal taxes. The other additional charge accuses the men of conspiring to defraud the U.S. by impeding and impairing the Internal Revenue Service.

Last month, a 10-count bill of indictment accused the men of stealing more than $11 million from at least 113 clients of their roughly 10-year-old payroll firm, Employee Services Net. Prosecutors claim the men used money intended for clients’ payroll and employment tax payments to fund their personal lifestyles.

The new charges bring the number of counts in the bill of indictment to 16.

William James Staz, 72, is from Huntersville. James William Staz, 43, is from Iron Station.

The office of Steven Meier, attorney for James William Staz, said Meier declined to comment. Eben Rawls, attorney for the elder Staz, could not be reached for comment.

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