As owner of Lifestyle Pools, Zachritz deducted and withheld federal income taxes, Social Security taxes and Medicare taxes from the wages of his employees and was supposed to pay them to the IRS at the end of each quarter. In January, federal prosecutors charged Zachritz with failing to follow the law for the third quarter of 2006 through the end of 2009. He pleaded guilty to one count on Jan. 31.
Zachritz's troubles date to 2011, when the Oklahoma Tax Commission took him to state court seeking state withholding taxes, interest and penalties of more than $220,000. After a year, the commission shut down Lifestyle Pools last June 27, leaving customers with unfinished pools in the lurch.
The Tax Commission again arranged for Zachritz to make payments and allowed Lifestyle Pools to reopen on July 5. He failed to comply, and two weeks later the commission asked a judge to order the business shut down.
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