Wilmington woman faces charges of failing to pay $300,000 in employment taxes


The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, Scranton, announced that Nari T. Lam, 29, of Wilmington, was charged will failing to pay employment taxes

According to United States Attorney John C. Gurganus, from 2016 through 2020, Lam, the owner of Pennsylvania-based company Penns Independent Staffing, failed to pay about $300,000 in employment taxes to the Internal Revenue Service.

Another individual, Mark Holmes, 66, of Hughes Springs, Texas, was previously charged.


Holmes pleaded guilty to accepting, as the general manager of a Pennsylvania food services company, approximately $400,000 in bribes and kickbacks from two temporary staffing companies, one of which was Penns Independent Staffing, in exchange for hiring their employees. The two temporary staffing companies, in turn, received approximately $7.8 million from Holmes’s employer.

Holmes also pleaded guilty to failing to remit employment taxes to the IRS for a separate temporary staffing company, Encore Staffing Solutions LLC, that he owned and operated with other coconspirators. From March 2018 through December 2020, Holmes and his coconspirators were charged with not paying about $135,000 in employment taxes owed by Encore Staffing Solutions LLC. Holmes awaits sentencing.

The case was investigated by the IRS Criminal Investigations Division.

The maximum penalty under federal law is five years of imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine. Sentences are typically shorter in length;

It was the second announcement this week involving Delaware individuals charged with employment tax schemes at out-of-state companies. Earlier, a husband and wife in Marydel pleaded guilty to charges of not paying employment taxes at their tree service business in the Annapolis, MD, area.