An Omaha-area businessman has been convicted of failing to pay to the government the taxes he withheld from employees’ paychecks.

On Wednesday, David E. Doll, 60, of Bennington was sentenced by Senior U.S. Judge Richard G. Kopf to five years’ probation and ordered to pay $279,609.77 in restitution, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

The case involves two companies Doll operated and owned: Double D Excavating and Load Rite Excavating.

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In 2012 and 2013, Doll’s businesses withheld federal income taxes, Medicare and Social Security taxes from employees’ paychecks. Under federal law, companies are required to periodically forward those taxes to the federal government and complete the required tax forms. Doll’s companies did neither, according to a statement released Wednesday by the Justice Department.

Karl Stiften, IRS criminal investigation special agent in charge, said failing to pay the government the taxes withheld and complete the required tax forms affects more than government income — it can affect employees’ Medicare and Social Security benefits.

Doll could not be reached for comment.

Nancy Gaarder helps cover public safety and weather events as an editor on The World-Herald's breaking news desk. Follow her on Twitter @gaarder. Phone: 402-444-1102.

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