CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Logan County man pleaded guilty Wednesday to making a false statement on a tax return, according U.S. Attorney Carol Casto.

Timothy Moore, 54, of Logan, admitted to diverting more than $400,000 in checks intended for his business from 2010 to at least 2013. Moore owns Auto Body Specialists, an automotive body and collision company in Logan.

According to Casto, Moore said he deposited checks into his personal bank account rather than personal accounts. He also admitted to not telling his outside bookkeeper about the diverted checks.

When the bookkeeper filed joint income tax for Moore and his wife, Moore’s tax returns understated the income from his company. Moore also admitted he authorized the bookkeeper to file the false returns.

Moore’s total tax loss for his conduct is less than $128,000, and he owes that amount to the IRS as restitution.

Moore faces up to three years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000.

His sentencing is scheduled for June 8.

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