KC Woman Sentenced for False Tax Return Related to $466,000 Embezzlement
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A Kansas City, Mo., woman who embezzled from her family’s company was sentenced in federal court today for failing to pay taxes on at least $466,000.
Tammera Goodman, 56, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Roseann Ketchmark to two years in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Goodman to pay $144,631 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service and the state of Missouri.
On Oct. 16, 2017, Goodman pleaded guilty to making false statements on a tax return.
Goodman worked as office manager for a business owned by her family, Restoration Remediation Resources Corporation d/b/a Rainbow International of Kansas City (Re-Corp). From 2011 to 2015, Goodman unlawfully used Re-Corp funds to pay at least seven personal credit cards, which she used exclusively for personal spending. She also wrote at least 26 fraudulent unauthorized Re-Corp checks to herself, and used unauthorized Re-Corp funds to pay her personal mortgage.
From 2011 to 2015, Goodman embezzled at least $466,274 from Re-Corp. Goodman stole money from re-Corp on hundreds of occasions, according to court documents, and on dozens of occasions forged her brother’s name. She spent the money she embezzled on retail purchases, restaurants, cash, and vehicles, among other items. She did not declare the embezzled income on her federal or state income tax returns. Re-Corp did not want to prosecute her for her embezzlement and allowed her to continue to work at the company.
Goodman pleaded guilty to a specific charge of claiming $33,164 in income on her federal income tax return for tax year 2015. In reality, Goodman’s income for 2015 (including stolen money) was $151,236.
This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathleen D. Mahoney. It was investigated by IRS-Criminal Investigation and the Missouri Department of Revenue Criminal Investigation Bureau.