FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2012
TDD (202) 514-1888
TENNESSEE COUPLE PLEAD GUILTY TO TAX CRIMES
WASHINGTON – Angela Palmer and her husband, Warren Palmer, both of Knoxville, Tenn., each pleaded guilty today to two counts of willful failure to file tax returns, the Justice Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced.
According to documents filed as part of their guilty pleas, during tax year 2005, Angela Palmer earned income as a mortgage broker and in tax years 2005 and 2006, she also earned income teaching music lessons. Warren Palmer earned income, during tax years 2004 and 2006, doing construction and other jobs. Additionally, during the years in question, the Palmers maintained funds in an offshore bank account in the name of The Liahona LLC, an entity of which they were the sole members and managers. Due to the income they received during the prosecution years, the Palmers were required to file tax returns, however, they failed to do so.
In accordance with their plea agreements, Angela Palmer has agreed to pay restitution in the amount of $58,646.85, and Warren Palmer has agreed to pay restitution in the amount of $70,887.45, to the IRS.
Sentencing is scheduled for June 14, 2012. The Palmers each face a maximum potential sentence of up to one year in jail and a maximum fine of $100,000 for each of the counts to which they pleaded guilty.
The cases were investigated by the IRS - Criminal Investigation and prosecuted by Trial Attorney Tracy Gostyla of the Justice Department’s Tax Division.
More information about the Tax Division and its enforcement efforts is available at http://www.usdoj.gov/tax/.