The president of a Wisconsin electrical contracting company has been charged with five counts of embezzlement. D.S. Electrical Contractors' president was accused of failing to turn over to the state income taxes withheld from employees' paychecks from 2009 to 2012, according to report in the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel.
Each count of embezzlement-theft by trustee carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison plus five years' extended supervision and a $25,000 fine. According to the complaint, Michael Spahr underreported how much tax he had withheld from employees from 2004 to 2013, netting an extra $238,530 for himself. Spahr told investigators that he prepared the state tax forms himself, knowing that he was not sending the state the full amount due.
The case was investigated by the state Department of Revenue and is being prosecuted by the Department of Justice, the Sentinel report said.