A Mason business owner has been ordered to pay nearly $200,000 in restitution and to serve six months home incarceration for dodging taxes and filing false tax returns.
Maria Georgievsky, 55, was sentenced today by Senior U.S. District Court Judge Herman J. Weber in U.S. District Court.
Georgievsky, who’s been out on bond, pleaded guilty to one count income tax evasion in March, according to court documents. The charge carries up to five years in prison and fine of up to $250,000.
As part of a plea agreement reached earlier this year, she has been sentenced to probation, with a condition of home confinement for six months, and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $196,980
According to court records, between April 2006 and October 2008, Georgievsky was the sole owner of Standard Services, Inc., a Mason-based temporary labor agency. The company contracted with area hotels and one high school to provide personnel for housekeeping, laundry and other unskilled labor services.
Georgievsky directed and assisted a Russian immigrant to incorporate a shell entity called Ask Service, Inc., to be used as a payroll service for the business’ employees. She then failed to file federal forms in 2006 and 2007 and pay federal employment taxes on $1,287,453 in wages paid out to employees, according to the plea agreement.
Georgievsky also admitted to filing false federal forms for the fourth quarter of 2007 through the fourth quarter of 2008 by claiming herself as the only employee of Standard Services, Inc.
“Business owners have a responsibility to withhold income taxes for your employees and then remit those taxes to the Internal Revenue Service,” said Special Agent in Charge Darryl Williams, of the IRS Criminal Investigation, Cincinnati field office.
“The failure to pay over employment taxes as a very serious offense and provides business owners with an unfair competitive business advantage.”