Minnesota woman pleads guilty to failing to pay employment taxes
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 18, 2012
MINNEAPOLIS—Yesterday in federal court in St. Paul, a Minnesota woman pleaded
guilty to failing to pay more than $150,000 in payroll taxes withheld from the paychecks of her
employees. Doris Ruiz pleaded guilty to one count of failure to pay over federal employment
taxes. Ruiz, who was indicted on October 4, 2011, entered her plea before United States District
Court Judge Donovan W. Frank.
In her plea agreement, Ruiz admitted that from 2005 through 2007, she deducted and
collected federal employment taxes from Olen employees but failed to pay them to the Internal
Revenue Service (“IRS”). In total, Ruiz failed to account for and pay $150,292.44 in federal
employment taxes. Ruiz is the owner of Olen Staff Company, a temporary work agency located
in Minneapolis, which provides workers to factories, construction companies, and other
businesses. Ruiz is responsible for collecting, accounting for, and paying certain federal income
taxes, including Federal Insurance Contribution Act (“FICA”) taxes, from employee wages. In
addition, Ruiz admitted that from 2005 through 2007, she failed to pay the employer’s share of
said FICA taxes, totaling $276,897.
For her crime, Ruiz faces a potential maximum penalty of five years in prison. Judge Frank
will determine her sentence at a future hearing. This case is the result of an investigation by the
IRS-Criminal Investigation Division. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ann M.
Per U.S. Department of Justice policy, the U.S. Attorney’s Office is not allowed to provide the age and city of residence for defendants charged in criminal tax cases.
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