Owner of Monterey Wine Cellar Sentenced to Prison for Failure to
Pay Wine Excise Tax
On September 16, 2014, a judge sentenced 41-year-old Brenda Jo Kibbee of Salinas, CA, to nine months in prison for failure to pay federal excise tax on wine, and ordered her to pay $877,126.94 in restitution to TTB.
According to the September 17, 2014 press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California, Kibbee was indicted on September 26, 2012, on 11 counts of failing to pay excise tax on wine. She pleaded guilty to one count.
TTB’s Administrator for Field Operations Tom Crone said, "Tax evasion is not a victimless crime. Law abiding businesses rely on us to ensure a level playing field. We take that responsibility seriously."
- A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the U.S. Attorney's Office.