On Monday, June 4, 2018, it was announced that a woman from Buchanan, Michigan had been sentenced to three years in federal prison for tax evasion. 52-year-old Lori Lynn Pawielski was sentenced by United States District Judge Robert J. Jonker. The defendant was sentenced after pleading guilty to one count of attempting to evade or defeat tax for the 2015 calendar year by preparing and signing a false and fraudulent Form 1040 tax return.
The Form claimed that the defendant’s taxable income was $149,160 when it was really $330,166. It was also alleged that the tax owed was $84,516 and not $28,941 as reported on the tax return. Pawielski admitted to these facts and was also held responsible for additional tax due and owing for the 2009 through 2014 calendar years.
The defendant’s tax evasion was in relation to her embezzlement of more than $1.9 million from her former employer between 2009 and 2016. The embezzlement involved the writing of 271 checks to herself without authorization. Pawielski admitted to concealing the embezzlement by altering the company’s accounting software.
She admitted to failing to report the additional income to the Internal Revenue Service on her 2009 through 2015 federal tax returns. Additional details can be found here.