former Brookfield business owner sentenced to federal prison for tax offense | USAO-EDWI

United States Attorney Richard G. Frohling announced that on May 27, 2022, United States District Judge JP Stadtmueller sentenced Kimberly Zulkowski (43) to 15 months in prison, followed by three years of probation, for his willful failure to report and pay the taxes owed to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Zulkowski was also ordered to pay $731,970 in restitution and a $100 special assessment.

According to court records, Zulkowski founded and managed Faith Family Services, Inc., a personal care business based in Brookfield, Wisconsin. His business was successful, with annual gross revenues exceeding $5 million and over 150 employees. Despite this success, Zulkowski refused to remit monies she had withheld from her employees’ salaries as part of her company’s tax obligations.

Court records reveal that although the IRS warned Zulkowski in 2015 that she was violating federal tax laws, she nonetheless persisted in her criminal conduct for nearly two years. Zukowski ultimately pleaded guilty to willful violation of tax laws in February 2020.

In sentencing, Judge Stadtmueller pointed out that our tax system relies on voluntary compliance, so defendants who willfully flout tax laws must be sentenced in a way that encourages compliance.

“Individuals and businesses that cheat on their taxes not only undermine the government’s ability to fund vital and necessary programs, but also effectively steal from their fellow citizens,” U.S. Attorney Frohling said. “The U.S. Attorney’s Office remains committed to working with IRS-Criminal Investigation and our other federal, state, and local partners to investigate and prosecute individuals who engage in these types of tax-related offenses.”

“Failure to pay employment taxes levied on employee wages is a serious criminal offense,” said Justin Campbell, special agent in charge of the IRS Criminal Investigation Chicago field office. “This not only harms the employee’s future Social Security and Medicare benefits, but robs honest taxpayers and the United States Treasury. The IRS criminal investigation will continue to hunt down those who collect these taxes and use the funds for personal purposes.

This matter was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigations and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Kevin Knight and Kate Biebel.

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