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

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Jefferson County woman convicted of failure to pay payroll taxes

MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Patricia Marie Sanderson, 49, of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, was convicted today of failure to pay payroll taxes, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced.

While acting as a manager of Potomac Consulting Services, LLC, a construction planning and consulting firm in Harpers Ferry, Sanderson approved all payments by the company and controlled the company’s bank accounts. Sanderson and the company failed to pay to the Internal Revenue Service nearly $30,000 in payroll taxes withheld from corporate employees.

Sanderson pled guilty today to a criminal Information charging her with one count of “Failure to Pay Tax.” She faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Stein prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigations led the inquiry.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert W. Trumble presided.

Updated January 8, 2016