New Germany Couple Charged with Tax Crimes Owes $45,000

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October 16, 2018 12:25 PM

The Carver County Attorney's Office has charged a New Germany couple with 15 tax-related felonies each, the Minnesota Department of Revenue has announced.

A release said Lawrence Phillip Kielbasa and Jennifer Lynn Hoese-Kielbasa, owners of Watertown Fuel and Food, are each charged with seven counts of failing to file sales tax returns, seven counts of failing to pay sales tax and one count of distributing cigarette and tobacco products without a license.


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The couple are accused of failing to file sales tax returns and failing to pay sales tax for their business for each month from December 2017 through June of this year.

The release alleges department investigators further determined the couple had filed to file sales tax returns or pay sales tax since July 2014 despite numerous letters from the Department of Revenue demanding they do both.

The release alleges the couple owes more than $45,000 in unpaid sales tax for the period between December of last year and June of this year alone.

The business is also accused of continuing to sell cigarette and tobacco products despite having its tobacco license revoked by the City of Watertown in February of this year.


Frank Rajkowski

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