2/7/2014 8:01 AM
by Nadine Grimley
CHARLESTON - A McDowell County woman was sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison for trying to interfere with an Internal Revenue Service Investigation.
Bonita Witt-Hird, 59, of Thorpe, was also ordered to pay $422,000 restitution which included taxes that were never filed, interest, and penalties.
U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said Witt-Hird failed to file required employment tax returns and make deposits for taxes that had been collected from employees wages between 2003 and 2009. Goodwin said she also admitted to providing false records to IRS agents in an attempt to obstruct their investigation and diverted the money from the employment taxes to pay other bills owed by her employer.
She was employed by an Elkview sewage treatment company.