BALTIMORE (AP) — The owner of a Maryland physical therapy business is facing up to five years in prison after pleading guilty to not paying more than $258,000 in federal employment taxes.

Harshe Shende, 57, of Hanover, pleaded guilty Tuesday to eight counts of failing to pay employment taxes to the Internal Revenue Service in 2014 and 2015.

According to Shende’s guilty plea, he was the sole owner and resident agent of Progressive Rehab Services. The company was formed in 2004 and employed physical and occupational therapists who worked with patients in nursing homes.

Authorities said Shende filed forms with the Internal Revenue Service showing Medicare and Social Security withholding taxes for employees but failed to pay the employment taxes to IRS. Shende also failed to pay the employers’ portion of employment taxes to the IRS, they said.

Court documents show that Shende and his then wife…

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