Acting US attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, Richard G. Frohling, announced that a federal grand jury would be indicting Paul R. Vanderlinden, age 42, of Appleton, Wisconsin, of violating law on April 13, 2021 returned the federal tax laws.
The indictment alleges that Vanderlinden, as the owner and operator of Muncheez Pizzeria in Appleton, deducted about $ 800,000 from his company’s earnings between 2012 and 2016. According to the prosecution, most of that proceeds were deposited into Vanderlinden’s personal bank account, and Vanderlinden did not report this or pay any tax on that income. He is accused of four cases in which he submitted incorrect individual tax returns for the calendar years 2012 to 2015.
The indictment also alleges that Vanderlinden used a large portion of these proceeds to pay his employees cash wages. Federal law requires employers to collect wage taxes, and Vanderlinden has been charged with failing to withhold and pay wage taxes associated with those cash wages from Q1 2014 to Q4 2016.
Acting US attorney Frohling stated, “As we get closer to the tax return, those trying to defraud the United States and defraud their hard-working taxpayers should think twice. The Department of Justice and IRS-CI are determined to hold those who file false tax returns or attempt to defraud their taxes accountable for their criminal conduct. ”
“Compliance with individual and employee tax obligations is a legal requirement and those who intentionally evade that responsibility will be prosecuted,” said Tamera Cantu, field office for the Chicago Criminal Investigation Acting Special Agent. “Employers are responsible to their employees for withholding the appropriate amount of tax and paying those taxes to the IRS. Failure to do so by employers will affect U.S. government revenues, and most importantly, Medicare and Social Security benefits of their employees. “
This investigation was carried out by special agents from the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Department. It is being prosecuted by US assistant attorney Farris Martini.
An indictment is just an indictment and not evidence of guilt. The defendant is considered innocent and has the right to a fair trial, in which the government must prove beyond any doubt that he is guilty.
For further information please contact:
Information Officer Kenneth Gales
Kenneth.Gales@usdoj.gov, (414) 297-1700
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