Man Used Withheld Taxes for Personal Expenses

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A South Carolina man was sentenced to a year and a half in federal prison after pleading guilty to failing to pay to the government taxes he withheld from his employees’ paychecks.

According to court records, Rafael Salas Jr., 52, of Columbia, South Carolina, spent the funds for personal expenses and entertainment, including on a boat and at a strip club.

From January 2014 through August 2016, Salas owned and operated Moonshiner’s Patio Bar and Grill in Lexington, South Carolina, and employed approximately 20 people during each tax period. While failing to file Moonshiner’s quarterly tax returns and failing to fully pay the company’s employment taxes, Salas withheld taxes from his employees’ wages.

Salas used the withholdings to pay personal expenses, including $36,000 for his personal dwelling, $11,000 for a boat and trailer, and expenses of roughly $10,000 at a local strip club.

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