- Associated Press - Saturday, December 12, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - A Phoenix-area businessman has been sentenced to six months in prison for failing to collect or pay federal employment taxes for employees of his landscaping and irrigation business.

Federal authorities announced Friday that David W. Anderson was sentenced after earlier pleading guilty to one count of willful failure to collect or pay over tax.

Prior to sentencing, Anderson paid nearly $495,000 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service.

Anderson owned and operated Anderson Landscape & Irrigation that had up to 400 employees.

Beginning in the last quarter of 1999, prosecutors say Anderson stopped filing federal payroll tax returns and stopped making federal tax deposits in the first quarter of 2000.

They say he used the funds to make personal purchases including several properties, home improvement projects, vacation and several vehicles.

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