Rio Sausage Shop Owner Sentenced To Federal Prison For Failing To Pay Taxes

(Rio) The owner of a Rio sausage shop was sentenced to one year in federal prison for not paying tax withholdings to the Internal Revenue Service. In June, a federal grand jury returned a 17-count indictment against Christa Johnson – the owner of Johnson Sausage Shoppe – including seven counts of withholding income taxes and payroll taxes from her employees and nine counts of not paying the employer’s share of employment taxes.

At her sentencing hearing, Johnson pleaded guilty to one count of not paying over the employee tax withholdings for the third quarter of 2016. The Cambria woman did agree the total tax loss of the scheme amounted to $326,905.

U.S. District Judge James Peterson said that Johnson’s conduct was serious, not only in terms of a large tax amount due, but also because she engaged in a pattern of defiance with the IRS.

The 57-year-old was ordered to pay the $326-thousand-dollars back to the IRS, which she did immediately. Johnson was also ordered to pay a $25-thousand-dollar fine.