Wilmington engineering consultant pleads guilty to tax charge

Wilmington, DE - May 6, 2013 - Director of Revenue Patrick T. Carter announced today that a Wilmington man pleaded guilty in Superior Court to tax charges filed by the State of Delaware.

Lowell E. Hutchinson, 60, a self-employed engineering consultant, entered a guilty plea before NCC Judge Eric M. Davis, to a misdemeanor charge of willfully failing to file a State of Delaware income tax return.

Hutchinson was originally charged in a three-count indictment in November 2012 with three misdemeanor counts of failing to file tax returns in 2009, 2010 and 2011.

An investigation conducted by the Delaware Division of Revenue's Criminal Investigation Unit established that Hutchinson owned and operated an engineering consulting business under the name "Design & Inspection Services". During the years 2009 through 2011, as a self-employed business owner, Hutchinson earned more than $300,000 in gross income attributable to his business, yet failed to report any of this income on a tax return. Hutchinson also received notices from the Division of Revenue and received a Form 1099 each year reminding him of his obligations.

As a result of the plea, Hutchinson was sentenced to a one-year suspended prison term and was also ordered to pay restitution to the Division of Revenue in the amount of $11,592. In addition, he was ordered to pay a $1,000 court-imposed fine.

This case was prosecuted by the Delaware Attorney General's Office.


David M. Smith
Criminal Investigator
Delaware Division of Revenue