Fayette Co. Business Owner to Serve 15 Months in Prison for Failing to Pay Taxes

MONTGOMERY–  A Fayette County business owner was sentenced today to 15 months in prison for failing to pay employment taxes.

From 2008 through 2012, Steve Lopez, 68, owned and operated Ready Transport Services a transportation business that mainly provided taxi services. From 2009 through 2012 he also owned RTS Ice Cream, Coffee and Candy Shop. Both businesses were located in Montgomery.

Lopez admitted that he did not pay approximately $393,851 in employment taxes due to the IRS, including funds he withheld from his employees’ paychecks as well as money he owed as their employer.

In addition to the term of prison imposed, U.S. District Court Judge John T. Copenhaver Jr. ordered Lopez to serve three years of supervised release and to pay $393,851 in restitution to the IRS.

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