Battle Creek Woman Sentenced For Avoiding Taxes On Stolen Money
A Battle Creek woman will spend some time in prison for faking her taxes as she stole millions from her employer.
MLive says that 52-year-old Tammy Burdette was the office manager at VHC, PC from 2009 to 2012, and investigators say that she wrote herself checks and then spent the money on gambling; all told, she stole $3 million. The charges in this case actually stemmed from the fact that she failed to report this stolen money as income on her tax returns; the IRS says that she “deprived the American taxpayer” of almost $570,000 in taxes.
As odd as it might sound, according to the IRS you are required to report income gained through illegal activities:
Income from illegal activities, such as money from dealing illegal drugs, must be included in your income on Schedule 1 (Form 1040), line 21, or on Schedule C (Form 1040) or Schedule C-EZ (Form 1040) if from your self-employment activity.
You also need to report property that you steal:
Burdette was sentenced to 36 months in prison in US District Court in Grand Rapids; she was also ordered to pay restitution for those taxes she failed to pay. It's unclear if she will also be charged with embezzlement for the $3 million authorities say she stole.