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Amador County Woman Arrested for State Tax Evasion and Embezzlement

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Sacramento – A Pine Grove woman was arrested Saturday evening on felony charges of embezzlement and filing false state income tax returns, according to the Franchise Tax Board (FTB).

Maja Marie Johnson, 48, allegedly embezzled more than $320,000 from her employer from 2005 to 2011. She also filed false state income tax returns for 2006 through 2010 by failing to report the embezzled income. Johnson owes the state more than $24,000 in unpaid tax. All income is taxable including income from illegal sources.

Johnson was the office manager of a Sutter Creek pest control business for more than 20 years. The embezzlement was detected when the business owner was contacted regarding unpaid taxes owed to the Internal Revenue Service.

Interest, penalties, and the cost of the investigation will be added and sought as restitution. Each felony tax count carries a maximum term of three years in state prison.

Johnson was booked into the Amador County jail and is being held on $325,000 bail. Her arraignment will be today in the Amador County Superior Court.

This is a joint investigation between the Amador County District Attorney’s Office and FTB. Amador County Deputy District Attorney Mary Simmons is prosecuting the case.

The charges and allegations contained in the criminal complaint are merely allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

FTB’s criminal investigation program identifies and investigates cases of tax evasion and tax fraud to encourage compliance with California income tax laws and maintain the public trust.

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