Juneau, Alaska (KINY) A Klawock couple was found guilty of felony charges and ordered to repay over $300,000 to the federal government.
U.S. Attorney Bryan Schroder said Archie Demmert III, 58 and Roseann Demmert, 61, received one year plus one day in prison. They pled guilty to charges of willful failure to pay income tax. They were ordered to repay restitution to the IRS for taxes owed from 2011 to 2014.
The government alleged the couple had commercial fishing permits for herring spawn and kelp and Archie an additional permit for salmon purse sein.
At a hearing in May, the couple admitted they had not paid income tax from this income from 2006 to 2014. They will also have to pay penalties and interest.
In addition, the government claimed the Demmerts had the ability to pay taxes but instead chose to gamble at casinos in Las Vegas and California and take a trip to California wine country.
They proved Roseann Demmert cashed out over $20,000 in winnings from the Cashe Creek Casino in November, 2012. They also allege Archie withdrew $84,000 from a bank account in 2013 after they agreed to pay the tax debt to the IRS, then claimed they had no funds to pay.