Business Owners Ordered To Pay Over $1 Million

Business Owners Ordered To Pay Over $1 Million

Goshen Lawn Care and Snow Removal Business Owners Ordered To Pay Over $1 Million
In Restitution For Conspiracy To Defraud The United States

SOUTH BEND (STL.News) Michael Closson, age 52, and Laquita Closson, age 49, of Goshen, Indiana, were sentenced yesterday by United States District Court Judge Jon E. DeGuilio, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Bell.

According to documents in this case, Mr. and Mrs. Closson are married and own a lawn care and snow removal business in Goshen, Indiana.  They were sentenced after each pleading guilty to conspiracy to defraud the United States. Mr. Closson also pleaded guilty to an additional count of tax evasion.

The Clossons were ordered to pay in restitution $662,027.00 to the IRS; $298,300.75 to the Indiana Department of Revenue; and $64,732.39 to Medicaid.  In addition to the restitution, Mr. Closson was sentenced to prison and Mrs. Closson was sentenced to home detention.

During tax years 2012 through 2016, the Clossons intentionally concealed their income from the IRS by filing false joint income tax returns that underreported their actual income.  The Clossons failed to report more than $2 million dollars in gross receipts, which resulted in them evading more than $600,000 in federal income taxes and almost $300,000 in state income taxes. 

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