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Owner of SLO auto repair shop sentenced to prison in tax case

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John Villa, owner of Villa Automotive and Autobody of San Luis Obispo, was sentenced to federal prison after failing to pay nearly half a million dollars in taxes to the IRS.

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A San Luis Obispo man who owns a major auto repair shop, Villa Automotive and Autobody, was sentenced to federal prison after failing to pay nearly half a million dollars in taxes to the Internal Revenue Service .

According to a statement on Thursday, U.S. District Judge George H. Wu in Los Angeles sentenced John Silveria Villa to five months in prison, as well as two years of supervised release, and ordered him to pay restitution of 424,501 dollars.

The store is located at 34 South St.

Villa pleaded guilty in November 2019 to one count of willfully failing to pay more than $489,551 in employment taxes between 2013 and 2015.

The IRS said Villa instead used the funds “to pay other business expenses and pay other creditors instead of paying taxes he owed,” according to previous Tribune reports.

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Kaytlyn Leslie writes about business and development for the San Luis Obispo Tribune. Hailing from Nipomo, she also covers city governments and events in the South County area, including Arroyo Grande, Pismo Beach and Grover Beach. She joined The Tribune in 2013 after earning her journalism degree at Cal Poly.