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DePere and Berlin Business Owners Plead guilty to Failing to Pay Payroll Taxes to the IRS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 15, 2012

United States Attorney James L. Santelle announced that Lisa Bartz Vanden Elzen (age: 46) of DePere, Wisconsin, appeared in federal court and pleaded guilty to a felony charge of willfully failing to pay over to the IRS payroll taxes owed by the business she and her husband operated, Dairy Transport Services, LLC, which is also located in DePere.  

During the period from July 2005 through December 2010, Bartz Vanden Elzen failed to pay over payroll taxes that had been withheld from the wages of employees of Dairy Transport.  These payroll taxes totaled approximately $193,000.  In addition, Bartz Vanden Elzen failed to pay to the IRS the employer’s matching share of these payroll taxes that totaled an additional $81,000. 

Based on his guilty plea, Bartz Vanden Elzen faces a maximum possible penalty of up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.  Bartz Vanden Elzen has also agreed to make restitution to the IRS for the unpaid payroll taxes.  Bartz Vanden Elzen’s sentencing is scheduled for November 2, 2012. 

In a separate case, Russell L. Thill (age: 71) of Berlin, Wisconsin, appeared in federal court and pleaded guilty to a felony charge of willfully failing to pay over to the IRS payroll taxes owed by his business, NAT, LLC.  NAT, which does business under the name Thill & Company, was an internet fulfillment company located in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.  Thill formed the company with his wife in 1996. 

During the period from 2005 through 2006, Thill failed to pay over payroll taxes that had been withheld from the wages of employees of NAT.  These payroll taxes totaled approximately $256,000.  In addition, Thill failed to pay to the IRS the employer’s matching share of these payroll taxes which totaled an additional $128,000. 

Based on his guilty plea, Thill faces a maximum possible penalty of up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.  Thill has also agreed to make restitution to the IRS for the unpaid payroll taxes.  Thill’s sentencing is scheduled for October 15, 2012. 

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