Fired archdiocesan accountant now facing tax-fraud charges

  • Article by: JOY POWELL , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 7, 2012 - 11:50 PM

Scott Domeier already faces charges for allegedly embezzling more than $670,000, but prosecutors now also allege tax crimes.

A fired accounting director for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis faces 11 felony tax-related charges connected to more than $670,000 he allegedly stole from church coffers, which had led to earlier charges.

Scott Domeier, 51, of Cottage Grove, was charged in June with seven counts of theft by swindle in connection with money he stole to pay balances on his personal credit cards, tuition at a private school for his children and other personal expenses, according to court documents.

Now prosecutors are pressing additional charges because he didn't claim the stolen proceeds as income and evaded taxes he should have paid, according to a criminal complaint filed Friday in Ramsey County District Court.

The Minnesota Department of Revenue, comparing his income in state tax returns with the information gathered during the St. Paul police investigation, learned that Domeier had failed to claim the embezzled money as income on both state and federal tax returns.

"By failing to report this additional money as income, the defendant evaded over $48,000 in state taxes during the 2006 through 2011 tax years," Assistant County Attorney John Ristad, who specializes in fraud prosecutions, said in the complaint.

The new complaint charges Domeier with six counts of filing a false or fraudulent state tax return and five counts of failure to pay taxes.

He served as director of accounting services for the archdiocese from 1995 until January this year, when he was placed on administrative leave after church officials learned he had inappropriately accepted first-class tickets to Hawaii from a vendor and misused his archdiocesan credit card. A forensic accounting firm found that he had allegedly stolen more than $670,000 from church coffers.

Domeier, who still faces the swindle charges, is to appear in court Nov. 21 to face the new charges.

Joy Powell • 651-925-5038

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