A former Guernsey town clerk entered a guilty plea this week for income tax evasion, according to the Internal Revenue Service's Criminal Investigation Division. Sheridan Media's Chris Foy has the story.
39 year-old Leslie Diane Zynda of Marion, Iowa waived her right to be indicted by a federal grand jury and was officially charged on Tuesday.
Based on information from the charging document, Zynda attempted to evade and defeat a significant portion of her income taxes for her and her spouse between 2006 and April of 2012 for tax years 2005 through 2011.
But Bryan Thiel, special agent for the IRS Criminal Investigation Division says this was no accident. Zynda failed to report more than $276,000 when she knew she was liable for paying taxes during that time.
Based on testimony in open court, the first victim in this case was the town of Guernsey, with damages in the amount of $276,706. The second victim was the IRS in the amount of $75,089. Zynda stated in court that the source of the unreported income taken from the first victim was money that she improperly took from the town of Guernsey.
Agent Thiel says there's a team of investigators within Wyoming who handle cases like these.
Zynda was charged with one count of income tax evasion, which carries a penalty of no more than five years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000. She's set to be sentenced on May 22.