DETROIT (WWJ) – The owners of 16 adult foster care homes across Michigan have been indicted on tax charges.
Jeremiah and Nicolette Cheff of Grand Blanc controlled the operations of Hunter’s Home, Nico’s Place, Harmony Manor, Hilltop Estates and Deerwood Manor. The homes cared for people with mental illnesses and developmental and physical disabilities.
The indictment alleges that from 2010 through 2014, the Cheffs withheld payroll taxes from their employees paychecks, failed to file employment tax returns and pay the funds they withheld from the IRS.
In a statement emailed to WWJ Newsradio 950, Jeremiah Cheff all of their foster home locations are open and continuing to provide the best quality care for our patients.
“We appreciate the support of our caring team of employees, and hold the well-being of our residents as our top priority,” he continued. “I am currently working diligently with my attorneys and the IRS to resolve my tax issues, and make the changes necessary to ensure a similar situation never occurs again within my companies.”
If convicted, each faces five years in prison for each count.