Las Vegas resident Maria Larkin was convicted of tax evasion after a jury found her guilty of refusing to pay employment taxes to the IRS for money she withheld from her employees.
Larkin operated the Five Star Home Health Care, Inc. from 1996 until 2009. From 2004 to 2009, evidence showed that not only did she fail to pay the employment taxes, she also tried to conceal her income and assets by lying about her ability to pay. She changed the name of her business and instructed her employees to cash checks for her. She also bought a home in the name of a nominee. Larkin faces up to 5 years in prison at her sentencing later this year.