Ex-business owner convicted of tax fraud and sentenced to prison

Rapid City Business Owner Sentenced to Prison for Failing to Pay Over $250,000 in Payroll Taxes”.

Asher Wagh, owner of an ammunition component manufacturing business in Rapid City, was sentenced to federal prison for failing to pay over a quarter million dollars in payroll taxes. The sentence, handed down by Chief Judge Roberto Lange, included 14 months in prison followed by two years of supervised release. In addition to the prison term, Wagh was ordered to pay $273,000 in restitution to the IRS.

Between 2015 and 2017, Wagh withheld money from employees’ paychecks but did not remit it to the government. According to court documents, he used some of the money for his own personal use. In February 2021, a federal grand jury indicted Wagh on 10 counts of failure to withhold, properly account for and pay over tax. The company dissolved in July 2022 and Wagh pleaded guilty to one of the charges in October 2023. In exchange, the government dropped the other nine charges.

At sentencing, Wagh faced a maximum of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine along with up to three years of supervised release. Currently held at the Pennington County Jail awaiting transportation to a federal prison.

According to South Dakota crime statistics from the Office of Attorney General for more information contact Shalom Baer Gee at [sgee@rapidcityjournal.com](mailto:sgee@rapidcityjournal.com).

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