Owner Of Foreign Service Auto Indicted For Employment Tax Fraud

Virginia – The owner of a Virginia auto repair shop was indicted for failing to account for and pay over employment taxes, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and U.S. Attorney Dana J. Boente for the Eastern District of Virginia.

According to the indictment, Michael Ragsdale resided in Ashburn, Virginia, and owned and operated Foreign Service Auto (FSA), an auto repair business located in McLean, Virginia.  The indictment alleges that Ragsdale had decision-making authority over the business’s activities and controlled the business’s finances.  He was allegedly responsible for withholding employment taxes from FSA’s employees, paying the taxes over to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and filing its employment tax returns.  According to the indictment, from approximately the end of 2011 through 2014, Ragsdale did not file employment tax returns for FSA and did not pay approximately $112,000 in employment taxes.

If convicted, Ragsdale faces a statutory maximum sentence of five years in prison for each count of failing to collect, account for and pay over employment taxes.  He also faces a period of supervised release, restitution, and monetary penalties.

The press release is available at justice.gov.

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