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Woman guilty of tax crimes

A New Richmond woman pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to failing to pay taxes withheld from her employees’ paychecks.

Stephanie M. Johnson, 40, also pleaded guilty to defrauding her corporation and business partner.

Johnson will be sentenced Aug. 7. She faces up to 25 years in prison.

According to court records:

Johnson was the co-owner of Paradigm Services and had corporate responsibility to collect and pay the company’s payroll taxes.

Paradigm Services withheld payroll taxes from its employees’ checks and was required to deposit these funds with the IRS on a quarterly basis.

At the plea hearing, Johnson admitted she failed to pay the payroll taxes in the amount of $28,324 on behalf of Paradigm Services’ employees from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31, 2013, and instead kept the money for her personal expenses.

Johnson also admitted she defrauded Paradigm Services of $197,231 by using its corporate debit cards for her personal purchases. Johnson admitted to falsely coding these purchases as business expenses.  

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