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Owner of bail bonding company sentenced for tax fraud

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of West Virginia

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA –William W. Seelbach, of Fort Meyers, Florida, was sentenced today to three years probation for tax fraud, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced.

Seelbach, age 69, owner of W&S Bail Bonding, doing business as A Bail Bonding by ABC of Wheeling, West Virginia, pled guilty to  one count of “Conspiracy to Defraud the United States—Impede the Internal Revenue Service,” and one count of “Failure to File Individual Income Tax Return for Tax Year 2012” in June 2018. Seelbach admitted to impeding the IRS in its collection of taxes, and failing to file a federal income tax return for 2012 to report $144,030 in income to the IRS.

Seelbach also was ordered to pay $83,607 in restitution, which was paid in full.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jarod J. Douglas and Shawn M. Adkins prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Internal Revenue Service, the West Virginia Commission on Special Investigations, and the West Virginia State Police investigated. 

U.S. District Judge John Preston Bailey presided.

Updated August 2, 2019