MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Former Martinsburg accountant Michael L. Welshans, who is already serving a seven-year federal prison sentence for bilking the Internal Revenue Service, the state and 35 clients of more than $1.6 million, was sentenced to additional time in prison Friday.
Welshans was sentenced after pleading guilty to charges filed against him in three Berkeley County indictments.
He was not previously arraigned on the local indictments after federal charges were brought against him, according to Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Games-Neely. Federal authorities only recently made Welshans available to answer to the local charges.
The three Berkeley County indictments contained 57 charges on violations such as embezzlement and filing false state personal income tax returns, according to court records.
The case involved clients who relied on Welshans to file their federal and state income tax returns, said Games-Neely. Instead of the money going into an escrow account as required by federal and state law, it went into a spending account, Games-Neely said.