Oct. 6, 2009
WOMAN CHARGED WITH TAX EVASION OF MORE THAN $1.4 MILLION IN EMPLOYMENT TAXES
(HOUSTON) – A federal grand jury has charged Priscilla Ann Clues with evading payment of more than $1.4 million in employment taxes of her corporation, Exclusive Temporaries Inc., United States Attorney Tim Johnson announced today. The indictment, returned under seal on Sept. 30, 2009, was unsealed upon the arrest of Clues today by agents with the Internal Revenue Service.
The indictment contains 20 counts of tax evasion in violation of Title 26, United States Code, section 7201, charging one count of tax evasion for each quarter of 1999 - 2002 and 2004. The indictment alleges Clues caused her corporation to fail to file the required Federal Employer’s Quarterly Tax Return, IRS form 941, for each quarter and caused her corporation to fail to pay the required employment taxes for each quarter. The indictment also alleges Clues submitted false documents to the IRS in the nature of copies of purportedly-filed quarterly tax returns and copies of fronts of purported checks that paid the employment tax liabilities. Clues, according to the indictment, also allegedly made false statements to the IRS that she had filed all the required quarterly tax returns and had paid all the required employment taxes.
Clues is expected to appear before U.S. Magistrate Judge Calvin Botley tomorrow. Each violation of Title 26, United States Code, section 7201, carries a maximum penalty of five years of imprisonment, a fine of $250,000 and costs of prosecution.
The case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation Division and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Charles J. Escher.
An indictment is a formal accusation of criminal conduct, not evidence.
Defendants are presumed innocent unless and until convicted through due process of law.
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