Lexington businessman sent to prison for tax fraud

A Lexington businessman was sentenced to 27 months in prison for tax fraud, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Kerry B. Harvey.

John Lee VanArsdale, 46, was convicted of filing false tax returns. VanArsdale improperly deducted thousands of dollars in personal expenses from his federal tax returns, according to the news release.

Among other things, VanArsdale deducted the cost of vacations to France, Spain and the Caribbean; massages, liquor and cosmetic dentistry; and the rent on his girlfriend's house.

He treated these personal expenses as legitimate expenses of his company, Savvage Technical Services Inc., which serviced machinery at the Toyota assembly plant in Georgetown and at other assembly plants. As a result, VanArsdale avoided paying nearly $90,000 that he owed in federal income taxes.

VanArsdale, who was sentenced Thursday, must serve at least 85 percent of his sentence.