Andover couple charged with numerous tax crimes

An Andover couple were arraigned Feb. 13 in Anoka County District Court on multiple tax-related felonies.

Charles Ronald Kinnunen, 46, was charged with two counts of failing to file tax returns and two counts of failure to pay or collect taxes.

Michelle Lynn Kinnunen, 45, was charged with filing a fraudulent return and failure to pay or collect taxes.

The Minnesota Department of Revenue determined that Charles Kinnunen owes the state more than $22,000 in sales and withholding taxes with regards to the home-based business he owns called Superior Tent Rental, Inc., according to the criminal complaint.

Both are also being accused of filing false income tax returns for tax years 2007 through 2011. According to the complaint, the couple owes the state $27,817 in income tax.

The Minnesota Department of Revenue twice audited Charles Kinnunen and March 12, 2013 seized his business computer in a search warrant, according to the complaint.

When a Minnesota Department of Revenue special agent interviewed Michelle Kinnunen, she allegedly admitted to signing the tax returns but added that she did not look them over very carefully. She had thought her husband was having someone prepare the tax returns for them. She has a four-year degree in accounting and works for a corporation doing accounting work, according to the complaint.

Eric Hagen is at eric.hagen@ecm-inc.com

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