Crimes and Courts

Former bail bond company owner and employee plead guilty to tax fraud

William Seelbach and Jolynn Gilchrist were both in Federal Court on Thursday

WHEELING, W.Va. (WTRF) - The owner and an employee of a local Bail Bond company have admitted to tax fraud.

William W. Seelbach was in federal court Thursday where he pleaded guilty to "conspiring to defraud the government", and "filing a false tax return."

The 68-year-old was the owner of W&S Bail Bonding, doing business as A Bail Bonding by ABC of Wheeling. 

Seelbach admitted to impeding the IRS in its collection of taxes, and failing to file in 2012 to report $144,030 of income to the IRS. 

Jolynn Gilchrist, 48, a former employee of ABC, pleaded guilty to "filing a false tax return. 

Both face up to five years in prison and a $250 thousand dollar fine for each count they face.

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