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Goshen couple fined over $1 Million for tax crimes

(Tommie Lee/MNC)

A Goshen couple have been ordered to pay a large fine after pleading guilty to tax crimes.

Michael and Laquita Closson were sentenced Thursday by a District Court Judge, according to the acting US Attorney. The married pair own a lawn care and snow removal business in Goshen. Each of them pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud the United States, and Mr. Closson also pleaded guilty to an additional count of tax evasion.

They intentionally hid their income between 2012 and 2016, failing to report more than 2 million dollars in gross receipts. They evaded more than $600,000 in federal income taxes, and almost $300,000 in state taxes. They also submitted false Medicare forms to receive benefits.

They were ordered to pay restitution to the IRS, Indiana’s Department of Revenue, and Medicaid that totals more than $1 million.

Mr. Closson will be sent to prison, Mrs. Closson received home detention.

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