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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Pennsylvania

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Harrisburg Man Sentenced To Prison For Conspiracy To Defraud The IRS Of Approximately $1 Million In Employment Taxes

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Vanny Son, age 33, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, was sentenced today by U.S. District Court Judge John E. Jones III to 37 months imprisonment to be followed by three years supervised release, and restitution to the IRS in the amount of $682,897, for a conspiracy to defraud the IRS of approximately $1 million in employment taxes between 2006 and 2012.

According to U.S. Attorney Peter Smith, Son operated five employee leasing companies which supplied day laborers to several businesses in the Harrisburg area.

The employee leasing companies were known as V&S Services, Industrial Labor Services, Advance Labor Services, HD Staffing Services and TD Staffing.  Between 2006 and 2012, these five businesses paid cash wages of more than $7 million to their employees without withholding any employment taxes, such as social security and Medicare taxes.  As a result, approximately $1 million in employment taxes were not collected and paid to the IRS, as required by federal law.

Son was indicted by a grand jury on July 10, 2014 along with Son Thach and Hung Danh, also of Harrisburg.  Thach and Danh helped Son operate the employee leasing companies.  Thach was previously sentenced to serve one month imprisonment with two years supervised release and pay $682,897 in restitution.  Danh remains a fugitive.

Son was ordered to report to the Bureau of Prisons on May 22, 2015 to commence serving his sentence.

The case was investigated by the Criminal Investigation Division of the IRS.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Bruce Brandler prosecuted the case.


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Updated April 23, 2015