Gretna Woman Charged With Tax Fraud

A 54-year-old Gretna woman is facing charges of three counts of tax evasion and three counts of filing false tax returns.

The Nebraska Department of Revenue and Sarpy County Attorney filed criminal charges Friday against Caroline Richardson after an extensive investigation.

While employed as controller for Colombo Candy and Tobacco Wholesale Co., Richardson is charged with misappropriating company funds totaling more than $4 million over a three-year period. The stolen money is considered income by Nebraska law and must be reported on tax returns.

Richardson is charged with withholding more than $437,000 in taxes, penalties and interest. "I think it's a really interesting case and not something you see every day," Sarpy County Attorney Lee Polikov said. "I don't want to grandstand it as an unusually important case. I think there's a lot of questions out there about it."

Tax evasion and filing false tax returns are both Class IV felonies. Richardson could face up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine on each of the two counts.

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