Owner of Monterey Wine Services Charged in 11-Count Indictment

Posted 10/10/2012

Owner Failed to Pay More Than $580,000 of Tax on Wine



The maximum penalty for failing to pay federal tax on wine is five years in prison and a $250,000 fine or two times the gross gain or loss.

According to a press release and a nine-page indictment from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of California, Brenda Jo Kibbee, 41, of Salinas, California, was arrested and arraigned in federal court on 11 counts of failure to pay federal excise tax on wine. Melinda Haag, U.S. Attorney, Kathryn Keneally, Assistant Attorney General of the Justice Department's Tax Division, Thomas Crone, Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) Assistant Administrator for Field Operations, and Marcus Williams, IRS Criminal Investigation Special Agent in Charge announced the indictment on Wednesday, October 10, 2012.

The case against Kibbee is the result of an investigation by TTB and IRS Criminal Investigation.

View the press release at the U.S. Attorney's Offices Web site.


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