Tax Commission News Release
Idahoans who commit tax fraud are prosecuted
BOISE, IDAHO — March 14, 2019 — The Idaho State Tax Commission and county prosecutors throughout the state are working together to bring tax cheats to justice. Their efforts have resulted in five people pleading guilty to tax fraud in the past year.
The most recent case involved Nicolas Ivie, an Iona man who got 10 days in jail and a suspended sentence of up to four years in prison after pleading guilty last October to income tax evasion. At his December sentencing, Ivie was ordered to pay more than $16,000 in restitution for falsifying his W-2 forms. He also will serve 100 hours of community service and be on probation for two years.
“We are committed to taking legal action against tax cheats who try to steal money from the people of Idaho,” Tax Commission Chairman Ken Roberts said.
Other Idahoans who pleaded guilty to fraud include:
Robert Payne and Chelsea Peutz of Mountain Home pleaded guilty last July to conspiring to commit state tax fraud. Payne claimed Peutz’s children as dependents on his 2016 income tax return to get a bigger refund, which he shared with Peutz. Peutz didn’t file her 2016 income taxes to avoid having her refund seized to pay a debt.
Payne got 30 days in jail and a suspended sentence last September of up to five years in prison. He was sentenced to serve 100 hours of community service and will be on probation for five years. He also was ordered to pay $127 in restitution. Peutz got a suspended prison sentence of up to three years.
Nancy Jensen of Blackfoot pleaded guilty last April to two counts of filing a false income tax return. She was sentenced in June to serve 10 days in jail, five years of probation and 100 hours of community service. She also was ordered to pay a $500 fine.
Mandie Stacy, a Nampa woman, pleaded guilty in March 2018 to income tax evasion and welfare fraud. Stacy fraudulently received $26,000 in food stamps and Medicaid benefits and failed to report the income on her taxes. She was sentenced last May to serve up to 12 years in prison. Stacy also must pay over $27,000 in restitution to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare and the Tax Commission.
The Tax Commission finds tax fraud from routinely analyzing tax returns and conducting tax audits, as well as through tips from law enforcement, other state agencies and the public.
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