Wisconsin woman convicted for failing to pay IRS over $100K in payroll taxes

MILWAUKEE, Wis. (WFRV) – A 45-year-old Wisconsin woman who owns a personal care agency pleaded guilty to committing federal tax and bankruptcy crimes.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, Lakeesha S. Jackson, 45, of Milwaukee, pleaded guilty to the federal charges on January 31, 2024.

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Court documents show that Jackson was the owner and operator of a personal care business called Nurturing Concepts LLC, and she willfully failed to pay over $100,000 to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in payroll taxes her business withheld from employee paychecks in the second, third, and fourth quarters of 2017.

Nurturing Concepts then filed a bankruptcy petition and listed the IRS as its largest creditor. The U.S. Attorney’s Office says Jackson admitted to fraudulently submitting a forged bank statement during this proceeding to hide a $40,000 transfer from Nurturing Concepts to Jackson’s successor business, Center of Care LLC.

Jackson admitted to improperly diverting to this successor business payments made to Nurturing Concepts.

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“Individuals and businesses who engage in this type of tax and bankruptcy fraud not only injure every taxpayer but also place businesses who play by the rules at a commercial disadvantage,” stated U.S. Attorney Gregory Haanstad. “The U.S. Attorney’s Office is committed to working with all of our law enforcement partners to hold individuals who engage in these offenses fully accountable for their actions.”

Federal court records show Jackson is scheduled to be sentenced on April 30, and no additional information was provided.

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