Sausage shop owner to serve prison time for nonpayment of taxes

Christa Johnson, 57, of Cambria was sentenced to a year in prison after pleading guilty to failing to pay taxes to the IRS, according to a WMTV-NBC 15 report. The sausage shop owner will spend time in prison, pay a $25,000 fine, and pay over $326,000 in restitution to the IRS. According to the complaint, Johnson — as president of Rio-based Johnson Sausage Shoppe Inc. — was charged in June with seven counts of withholding income taxes and payroll taxes from her employees and not paying the taxes to the IRS, nine counts of not paying the employer’s share of employment taxes, and one count of obstruction of IRS collection efforts. Johnson failed to file quarterly employment returns and pay employment taxes from 2013 to 2016.