Goshen business owners to pay over $1M after defraud, tax evasion charges

The owners of a Goshen lawn care and snow removal business have been order to pay over $1 million after they pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud and tax evasion.

Acting US Attorney Gary Bell announced that 52-year old Michael Closson, along with his wife, 49-year old Laquita Closson were ordered to pay restitution to the IRS of $662,000, along with $298,300 to the Indiana Department of Revenue and almost $65,000 to Medicaid.

Bell said during tax years 2012 through 2016, the Clossons intentionally concealed their income from the IRS by filing false joint income tax returns that underreported their actual income.

The Clossons failed to report more than $2 million dollars in gross receipts, which resulted in them evading more than $600,000 in federal income taxes and almost $300,000 in state income taxes, along with submitting false Medicaid applications.

Michael Closson was sentenced to prison, while Laquita Closson is on home detention.