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Amador County Woman Arrested for State Tax Evasion and Embezzlement

Officials arrested a Pine Grove woman on felony charges of embezzlement and filing false state income tax returns.

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

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.

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

Our 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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