Jefferson City Business Owner Indicted for Tax Evasion, Failure to Pay $400,000 in Payroll Taxes
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Timothy A. Garrison, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that a Jefferson City, Mo., business owner has been indicted by a federal grand jury for tax evasion and for failing to pay over more than $400,000 in payroll taxes.
Gina Marie Volmert, 53, of Jefferson City, was charged in an 11-count indictment returned under seal by a federal grand jury in Jefferson City on Jan. 17, 2018. That indictment was unsealed and made public today upon Volmert’s arrest and initial court appearance.
Volmert is the majority owner and operator of GVA and Associates, LLC, in Jefferson City. GVA provides medical billing and coding services for the electronic submission of medical claims.
According to the federal indictment, GVA withheld payroll taxes from its employees’ paychecks. However, from 2012 through 2014, GVA allegedly made only partial payments to the IRS. Volmert is charged with eight counts of failing to pay over to the IRS a total of $403,912 in payroll taxes.
Volmert is also charged with three counts of tax evasion. In 2012, 2013 and 2014, the indictment alleges, Volmert decreased her reported income by fraudulently shifting her income to reimbursable expenses. Volmert fraudulently submitted $6,300 in reimbursable expenses every two weeks in order to conceal her income, according the indictment, which caused her income to be falsely reported on her W-2 to the IRS.
Garrison cautioned that the charges contained in this indictment are simply accusations, and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charges must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Lynn. It was investigated by the Department of Labor, Office of Inspector General – Office of Investigations and IRS-Criminal Investigation.