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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Minnesota

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, September 25, 2014

St. Paul Attorney Sentenced For Failure To Pay Taxes


Ronald A. Cimino, Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Department of Justice, Tax Division, Andrew M. Luger, United States Attorney for the District of Minnesota, and Special Agent in Charge Kelly R. Jackson of the St. Paul Field Office Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) Criminal Investigation, announced today that BARRY VAUGHN VOSS of St. Paul, Minnesota, was sentenced to serve three years of probation with 90 days in a halfway house, perform 300 hours of community service and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $244,922. In May 2013, VOSS was disbarred from the practice of law by the Supreme Court of Minnesota after being a practicing attorney for more than thirty years.

VOSS pleaded guilty in May to a one-count felony Information charging him with failure to pay over income, Medicare and Social Security taxes for the fourth quarter of 2008. These taxes were withheld from the salaries of employees of his law firm, Barry V. Voss, P.A. According to the plea agreement, VOSS filed quarterly employment tax returns with the IRS from July 2007 through December 2010 which reflected taxes withheld from the salaries of the employees of his law firm, including VOSS’s own salary, but failed to timely pay over to the IRS the full amount of the taxes due and owing totaling just under $160,000. VOSS admitted that he intentionally failed to pay these taxes to the IRS.

This case is the result of a long-term investigation by the IRS Criminal Investigation Division. It is being prosecuted by Trial Attorney Lori A. Hendrickson of the Department of Justice, Tax Division, and Assistant United States Attorney Karen Schommer.

Defendant Information:

BARRY VAUGHN VOSS, 62
St. Paul, MN

Convicted:
• Failure to Account for and Pay Over Withheld Taxes, 1 count

Sentenced:
• 3 years probation
• 300 hours community service
• $244,922 restitution

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The charges contained in the indictment are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

 

 

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