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Woman Sentenced to Federal Prison for Interfering in IRS Investigation

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A woman is headed to federal prison after admitting to interfering with an IRS investigation at a Kanawha County business.

Bonita Witt-Hird, 59, of McDowell County, was sentenced to one year and one day in prison, along with a year of supervised release. She also has to pay $422,000 in restitution.

According to investigators, Witt-Hird was employed at Richmorr and Associates, a sewage treatment company in Elkview.

They say between 2003 and 2009, she failed to file required employment tax returns and make tax deposits for taxes that had been collected from the wages of employees.

When contacted by the IRS, investigators say Witt-Hird provided false and altered records, checks, and receipts. These documents were provided to establish that she had satisfied her tax obligations when, in fact, she had not.

An audit showed that the required taxes has not been paid.

The original documents were also found and compared to altered records.

Witt-Hird admitted to providing false records to IRS agents in an effort to obstruct their investigation. She admitted that she had failed to pay the IRS the employment taxes, and instead diverted money to pay other bills owed by Richmorr and Associates.

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