Va. Car Wash Owners Plead Guilty to Tax Charges

May 4, 2010

The owners of a car wash service have pleaded guilty to conspiring to defraud the Internal Revenue Service.

Sixty-three-year-old Thomas Ellis and his wife, 59-year-old Brenda Ellis, entered their pleas Monday in U.S. Court. They each face up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine when sentenced July 30.

U.S. Attorney Neil H. MacBride says the Richmond couple conspired to defraud the IRS of more than $133,000 in tax revenue from their business from 2003 to 2007.

MacBride says the Ellises kept two sets of records for their business, Buzz Thru Car Washes. The business' true income and expenses were recorded in one set, while lower amounts were recorded in the second set. The lower amounts were reported on income tax returns.

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