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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Missouri

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Nevada, Mo., Woman Pleads Guilty to Failure to Pay Over Employees' Payroll Taxes


SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that the owner of a Nevada, Mo., business pleaded guilty in federal court today to failing to pay over more than $357,000 in federal taxes.

Dana L. Thompson Cavener, 51, of Nevada, waived her right to a grand jury and pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to failure to pay over employment taxes.

Cavener was corporate secretary of Cavener’s Library and Office Supplies, Inc., in Nevada, Mo., which she co-owned with her husband. The business employed an average of three to five employees during the 10 years of Cavener’s criminal conduct.

By pleading guilty today, Cavener admitted that she withheld federal income taxes, Social Security taxes and Medicare taxes from the wages of her employees but willfully failed to pay over those taxes to the IRS from 2001 to 2011. The total tax loss was $357,025.

Under federal statutes, Cavener is subject to a sentence of up to five years in federal prison without parole, plus a fine up to $250,000. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the United States Probation Office.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven M. Mohlhenrich. It was investigated by IRS-Criminal Investigation.
Updated January 8, 2015