Colorado Springs business owner sentenced for filing false tax return

DENVER — A Colorado Springs business owner has been sentenced to one year and one day in federal prison for filing a false income tax return.

Lisabeth Melahn, 54, was sentenced in U.S. District Court on March 22. She begins her sentence on June 1. She faces one year of supervised release after serving prison time. In addition, she has been ordered to pay $239,876 in restitution to the IRS and a $15,000 fine.

Melahn was the sole owner of Tan Your Hide II, a chain of tanning salons in Colorado Springs and Monument, from 2007 to 2010.

According to court documents, Melahn had all of the business’ receipts delivered to her every two weeks. She had all of the checks, credit card payments, and electronic funds receipts–but none of the cash receipts–deposited to the business bank account. She deposited the cash receipts into her personal bank accounts, or didn’t deposit them at all.

Records indicate Melahn failed to disclose about $1.1 million worth of cash receipts between 2007 and 2010. As a result, she avoided paying about $200,000 worth of taxes.


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