Two business owners in Grant City, Missouri, are facing more than 50 felony charges after allegedly failing to file tax information and filing false information for over a year.
Robert and Treasa Staton, the owners of Headstone Country Variety Store and Staton Tire in Grant City, had several unclassified felonies filed against them following an investigation by the Missouri Department of Revenue.
Court documents allege that Treasa Staton failed to file tax returns for seven months in 2018, failed to remit sales tax for 21 months from 2017 to 2018 and underreported taxable sales from the business for 14 months from 2017 to 2018.
The charges allege that income was being deposited by Treasa Staton in the form of cash and debit/credit card transactions throughout this time, and that a business bank account showed those funds being used for personal and non-essential purchases for shopping, entertainment and dining.
Treasa Staton told investigators the business had closed in late 2018 and that she had forgotten to file the sales tax returns and remit the sales tax owed. She also claimed that Robert Staton was in charge of managing the vehicle-repair side of the business.
Robert Staton also allegedly failed to file tax returns, failed to remit sales tax and underreported taxable sales during this time period, the court documents allege. The man also allegedly received Social Security/disability benefits during 2018; this was not filed under income taxes and neither was Treasa Staton’s income from working at Hy-Vee, according to court records.
According to the report filed by the Missouri Department of Revenue, the couple owed the state of Missouri $37,730.12 for 2017 and 2018. Bank account information shows that in 2017, the couple made $155,955 and reported just $24,858; in 2018 the couple made $113,772 and allegedly reported $0 in income.
Treasa Staton has been charged with four counts of filing a false Missouri income tax, two counts of attempting to evade or defeat income tax, 28 counts of intent to defraud, willfully failed to make sales tax return/pay sales tax/ keep records/supply information and 14 counts of filing false sales tax return.
Robert Staton has been charged with four counts of filing a false Missouri income tax and two counts of attempting to evade or defeat income tax.