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Friday, 22 August 2014 17:12

Washington-Based Andrews Auto Glass Owners Charged with Tax Fraud

The Washington Attorney General’s office has charged Andrew and Vita Onufreychuk, owners of Andrews Auto Glass, for alleged theft and fraud, accusing them of “falsifying their business tax returns in order to cheat the state out of at least $13,000 in sales tax,” according to the State Department of Revenue.

“Investigators suspect the underreported amount could be higher, based on invoices, business bank account deposits and other documentation they reviewed,” officials alleged in a statement.

Andrew Onufreychuk is charged with one count of theft in the first degree and six counts of filing false or fraudulent tax returns. Vita Onufreychuk is charged with one count of theft in the first degree.

On the charge of first degree theft, the maximum penalty possible is 10 years and/or a $20,000 fine, according to the court documents.

“Andrew and Vita Onufreychuk have an ongoing history of collecting and failing to remit retail sales tax to the department of revenue,” writes Lisa Gilman, an investigator for the Washington Attorney General’s Criminal Justice Division, in an affidavit filed with the court.

Other businesses with which Andrew Onufreychuk has been involved  also have unpaid tax warrants, including a business he operated until 2003 and Andrews Auto Group, which is a new corporation he leads in addition to the glass shops, State Department of Revenue officials reported.

Andrews Auto Glass has locations in Everett and Seattle, Wash. No one answered the phone for a business listed under this name online.

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