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Appleton man pleads guilty to federal tax law violations

The owner of an Appleton pizzeria has pleaded guilty in federal court to charges that he willfully filed a false tax return and failed to truthfully account for pay payroll taxes.

Paul Vanderlinden, who owns Muncheez Pizzeria, stood accused of skimming about $800,000 from his business’ receipts between 2012 and 2016 and making large cash deposits made to his personal bank, according to court filings. Vanderlinden failed to account for this revenue in his tax returns and fraudulently underreported his gross receipts by at least $130,000 for each tax year.

His employees were given an option of being “paid in cash without taxes taken out, or by check with taxes taken out.” Vanderlinden would use  a large part of the skimmed revenue to pay his employees “under the table.” All told, Vanderlinden failed to withhold and pay more than $88,000 between 2012 and 2016. He also filed employer tax returns containing false statements regarding the wages paid to his employees.

Vanderlinden will be sentenced on July 7 before Senior United States District Judge William C. Griesbach.

This investigation was undertaken by special agents from the Internal Revenue Service’s criminal investigation division. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Farris Martini.

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