CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WTAP) – Christopher Daniels, 52, of Parkersburg, was sentenced Thursday to one year in prison, followed by one year of supervised release, for filing a false federal tax return. Daniels previously paid $280,088 in restitution. He was also ordered to pay a $75,000 fine.

According to court documents and statements made in court, from 2013 to at least 2020, Daniels owned and operated Accedia Moving Services LLC. Daniels admitted that he claimed or inflated business expenses to report a taxable loss of $18,898 on his 2017 personal tax return. Daniels admitted that his business should have reported a profit of $ 187,771 for the tax year 2017.

Daniels also admitted that he reported false information on his US Individual Income Tax Returns for the 2016 through 2019 tax years. Daniels reported a taxable loss of $164,491 for the tax years in which he should have reported income of $410,459. Income tax due is $148,653.

Daniels admitted to improperly withholding $119,417.46 in employment taxes, including federal taxes and the employer’s share of Social Security and Medicare taxes. Daniels also admitted to failing to pay $12,018 in West Virginia workers compensation for unreported wages.

Daniels admitted that he owes a total of about $280,088 in tax debts to state and federal agencies.

US Attorney Will Thompson made the announcement and praised the investigative work of the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation.

Senior United States District Judge John T. Copenhaver, Jr. imposed the sentence. Assistant United States Attorney Kathleen Robeson prosecuted the case. Assistant US Attorney Jessica Nathan of the US Attorney’s Office’s Financial Affairs Division coordinated the restitution.

A copy of this press release is available on the website of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia. Relevant court documents are available on PACER in search of Case No. 2:22-cr-126.

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