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Anna Ngo, 57, owned Hot Rocks Beauty Salon in Gresham, Oregon prosecutors say.

FILE PHOTO - A file photo of a Gresham police crusier. A Gresham business owner was sentenced Wednesday, April 4, to 15 months in prison and ordered to pay nearly $500,000 in restitution for a tax evasion scheme involving two local businesses.

Anna Ngo, 57, of Portland, pleaded guilty to one count of tax evasion on December 14, 2017.

"As a business owner, (Ngo) had a legal obligation to pay her fair share of taxes and she failed to do so," said Billy J. Williams, U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon.

According to court documents, Ngo evaded payment of her tax liabilities in 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2008 by placing two of her businesses, Hot Rocks Beauty Salon in Gresham and Beyond Hair Nails Spa in Vancouver, Wash., in the names of nominees with cooperation from her niece. She told the IRS she did not own the businesses, and filed fraudulent income tax returns.

Multiple audits found Ngo owes more than $502,000 in taxes, penalties and interest.

The case was handled by IRS Criminal Investigation.

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