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Ventura County Businessman Sentenced for Wage Fraud

The former owner and operator of Titus Painting in Ojai has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for failing to report wages paid to employees. Scott Titus, 55, also was ordered by U.S. District Judge Stephen Wilson to pay restitution of more than $666,000. According to the plea agreement, Titus used cash and check payments from his painting business to pay employee wages, without reporting it to the Internal Revenue Service. More than $1.5 million in wages were not reported between 2008 and 2010. Titus pleaded guilty in April to one count of submitting a false quarterly employment tax return for the second quarter of 2008, in which he underreported wage payments by about $193,000. The painting business worked on both residential and commercial properties. The investigation was conducted by the IRS and the U.S. Attorney’s office, with Titus sentenced on Monday.

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