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A Kansas City business owner was sentenced in federal court for failing to pay federal taxes he collected from his employees

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KANSAS CITY, Missouri — A Kansas City business owner was sentenced to federal prison for failing to pay federal taxes he collected from his employees.

Joseph Patrick Balano was sentenced Tuesday to two years and three months in federal prison without parole. He also was ordered to pay $493,443 in restitution.

Balano pleaded guilty in August, admitting that he didn't pay the Internal Revenue Service more than $260,000 that he collected in employment taxes, along with more than $232,000 as his employer portion of the taxes.

He was the owner of Global Employment Group, Inc., doing business as Staffing Connections (Global Employment) in Grandview and Kansas City.

Balano admitted he used the unpaid taxes for personal expenses and expenses for family members, including gambling, mortgage payments and car payments.

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