Kansas business owner indicted for failure to pay employment taxes

The owner of a Kansas business is facing charges for failing to pay employment taxes.

On January 24, the U.S. Department of Justice officials announced that a Missouri man appeared before a federal grand jury in Kansas City, Kansas on January 23. The indictment, returned in December 2023, charged him with willfully failing to pay employment taxes to the IRS.

According to the indictment, officials from the U.S. Department of Justice have revealed that Ephantus Mwangi, a resident of Loch Lloyd, was the owner and operator of True Payments Solutions Inc. (TPS), a Kansas-based corporation, between 2017 and 2018. It is alleged that during this time, Mwangi failed to remit federal income, Social Security, and Medicare taxes that were withheld from the wages of TPS employees for six consecutive quarters. This failure to comply with legal requirements resulted in an estimated tax loss of around $337,350 to the IRS.

If Mwangi is found guilty, he could potentially be sentenced to up to five years in prison for each of the six employment tax counts. In addition to incarceration, he may also be subject to a period of supervised release, restitution, and monetary penalties. The final decision on his sentence will be made by a federal district court judge, who will take into account the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other relevant factors.

Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Stuart M. Goldberg of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Tax Division, along with U.S. Attorney Kate E. Brubacher for the District of Kansas, announced the news.

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The case is currently under investigation by IRS Criminal Investigation officials.

Trial Attorney J. Parker Gochenour from the Justice Department’s Tax Division and Assistant U.S. Attorney Ryan Huschka from the District of Kansas are handling the prosecution of the case, according to officials.

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