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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of West Virginia

Monday, February 3, 2014

Kentucky Man Sentenced To Federal Prison For Tax Fraud

Defendant cheated the IRS out of nearly $250,000

Huntington, W.Va. – Christopher Hutchinson of Ashland, Kentucky, was sentenced today to federal prison and ordered to make full restitution for failing to pay nearly $250,00 in federal employment taxes, United States Attorney Booth Goodwin announced.  Hutchinson owned and operated at least ten different electrical and security businesses from 1990 to 2012 in the Huntington, West Virginia and Ashland, Kentucky areas, including Peck Security Systems and ICE Electrical Company.  As an employer, Hutchinson was required to collect taxes from the wages of his employees and pay those taxes to the Internal Revenue Service.  Hutchinson pleaded guilty on October 15, 2013.

The Internal Revenue Service conducted the investigation.  Assistant United States Attorney Erik S. Goes handled the prosecution, assisted by Charles Edgar with the United States Department of Justice, Tax Division.  The sentence was imposed by United States District Judge Robert Chambers. 

Updated January 7, 2015