Idaho State Tax Commission

Tax Commission News Release

Northern Idaho embezzler sentenced for tax fraud

BOISE, IDAHO — Sept. 5, 2019 — A Post Falls woman got up to 14 years in prison after pleading guilty in May to two counts of grand theft and one count of state income tax evasion.

Melissa Foeller was sentenced recently in Kootenai County for embezzling money from her employer and not including the income on her state income tax return.  

“Illegal income is taxable,” Tax Commission Chairman Tom Harris said. “Embezzlers face prosecution not only for stealing money, but also for not reporting it as income subject to state tax.”     

Foeller faces a November hearing to determine restitution to her victims.

The Tax Commission discovers 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.  

To report tax fraud, email the Tax Commission at or complete the online fraud referral form at You can choose to remain anonymous.


Posted 09-05-2019
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