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The expenses included a boat and a strip club.

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.


Comments (3)

Rose Mary Justice
Synergy Realty Pros - Dandridge, TN
Synergy Realty Pros

You cannot fool the IRS. They will at some point come after you.  Stay safe and honest. 

Jan 28, 2021 06:42 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

That guy had a lot of nerve to try to claim those as business expenses. Hope it was all worth it.

Jan 28, 2021 01:14 PM
Sharon & Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette, IN - Lafayette, IN
West Lafayette homes for sale

Wow.  Something few of us think about that our employer will do the lawful thing and deliver those withheld wages to the IRS!

Feb 03, 2021 06:23 PM