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Kentucky businessman sentenced for not paying $250,000 in employment taxes

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A Kentucky man who failed to make pay nearly $250,000 in federal employment taxes for his workers must make restitution and spend a month in prison.

Christopher Hutchinson of Ashland, Ky. owned and operated at least 10 different electrical and security businesses in the Huntington and Ashland areas, including Peck Security Systems and ICE Electrical Co., from 1990 to 2012, U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said.

In October, Hutchinson admitted he ignored a federal law that requires employers to collect taxes from the wages of their employees and pay those taxes to the Internal Revenue Service.

Hutchinson will also spend three months in a halfway house after his release from prison, Goodwin said.

The Internal Revenue Service conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Erik S. Goes handled the prosecution, assisted by Charles Edgar with the U.S. Department of Justice, Tax Division. He was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Robert Chambers.