Asher Waugh, the owner of a Rapid City ammunition components business, has been sentenced to federal prison for failing to pay the government $273,000 in payroll taxes. Chief Judge Roberto Lange sentenced Waugh to 14 months in federal prison, followed by two years of supervised release.

Between 2015 and 2017, Waugh withheld money from employees’ wages and did not pay the IRS. According to court documents, he spent at least part of the money for personal use. In February 2021, a federal grand jury indicted Waugh on 10 counts of failing to withhold, properly account for, and pay taxes. The company dissolved in July 2022 and Waugh pleaded guilty to one of the 10 counts in October 2023. In return, the government agreed to drop the other nine charges.

At sentencing, Waugh faced a maximum of five years in prison, a $250,000 fine and up to three years of supervised release. The South Dakota crime statistics show that this case is not an isolated incident as many cases involving tax fraud have been reported recently. For more information on this matter contact Shalom Baer Gee at sgee@rapidcitijournal.com

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