Michigan couple who dodged tax returns ordered by AG to pay state $444K

Mark Hicks
The Detroit News

A northern Michigan couple charged with dodging tax returns for years have been ordered to pay the state Department of Treasury more than $444,000 in restitution, officials announced Monday.

Charles and Angela Parks pleaded guilty in April to six counts each of failing to file income tax returns between 2012 and 2017, the Attorney General's Office said in a statement.

Angela Parks also pleaded guilty to 56 counts of failure to file sales tax returns monthly between 2013 and 2018, according to the release.

Investigators learned she opened Parks Place Café in Conway in 2010 but never incorporated the business with the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, and didn’t register it as a taxpayer with the state Treasury until 2016.

An audit launched the next year revealed the Carp Lake resident had collected more than $73,000 in sales tax since mid-2013 but failed to remit any of it to the Treasury, state officials reported.

“We count on Michigan businesses and residents to pay their fair share of taxes,” Attorney General Dana Nessel said. “These individuals broke the law and stole hundreds of thousands of dollars that should have gone to fix our roads, improve our schools and ensure our communities remain safe. (The) sentence makes certain those funds are properly restored.”

On Thursday, the couple was sentenced by Eaton County Circuit Judge John Maurer.

Angela Parks was given five years of probation and ordered to perform 480 hours of community service as well as pay $328,127.93 in restitution. The 48-year-old also must spend 90 days in county jail if unable to provide proof she has been making current sales tax payments, the Attorney General's Office said.

Charles Parks, 61, was sentenced to five years of probation, was ordered to perform 480 hours of community service and pay $116,272 to the Treasury.