Business Owner Indicted for Failure to Provide IRS with 1.6 Million Dollars in Payroll Taxes
Matthew D. Krueger, the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, announced that Susan Wenszell (age 57) of Milwaukee has been charged in an indictment with failing to pay over payroll taxes withheld from the wages of employees of a business she and her husband operated in Milwaukee.
Specifically, the indictment charges that during the period from April 2012 through December 2015 Ms. Wenszell, who is the president and owner of J. Wenszell Enterprises Inc., failed to pay over the payroll taxes withheld from the wages of the employees of the business. During this period, Ms. Wenszell withheld more than 1.6 million dollars in payroll taxes from employee wages and failed to pay those taxes to the IRS. Each of the offenses with which Ms. Wenszell is charged carries a maximum possible penalty of up to 5 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000, or both.
This matter was investigated by the IRS Criminal Investigation and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Matthew L. Jacobs.
The public is cautioned that an indictment is merely the formal method of issuing charges against an individual. A person is presumed innocent until such time, if ever, as the government establishes his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.