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Business Owner Charged with Sales Tax Theft

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The Washington State Attorney General’s Office recently charged business owner Laura Villegas with theft of $112,572 in state sales taxes, over a five-year period. Officials said the King County business owner filed no tax returns while operating her business, Excell Landscapes, as a sole proprietorship.

Villegas later incorporated her business and reported only half of its total income. The theft, revealed by an audit, claimed $112,572 in sales tax was collected, from 2006 until 2011, but not sent to the Washington State Department of Revenue.

 Villegas has been in trouble before; she operated Kalos Landscaping from 2001-2006 and the company’s business license was revoked for nonpayment of taxes. If convicted of felony charges, Villegas could face a maximum penalty of $20,000 and 10 years in prison.

 
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