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Enumclaw business owner pleads guilty to tax fraud

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on July 20, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
July 20, 2012 2:31 pm

The owner of an Enumclaw roofing company pleaded guilty today to partially paying his employees in cash to avoid $1 million in payroll taxes, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Bruce Sprague, 52, faces up to five years in prison when he is sentenced Nov. 8. His plea deal requires him to pay $1.2 million in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service.

Prosecutors said Sprague, who owns Bruce’s Roofing, paid his employees a portion of their wages in cash from 2005-2008. That means he did not have to pay payroll taxes on the wages paid in cash and he did not collect employment taxes like Social Security and Medicare.

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