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Date: 12-29-2021

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United States of America v. Nicole Beth Howerzyl

Case Number: 1:21-cr-00302-DCN


Court: United States District Court for the District of Idaho (Ada County)

Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office

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Description: Boise, Idaho criminal defense attorney represented defendant charged with failure to account for and pay over employment tax.

From approximately 1999 to 2019, Nicole Beth Howerzyl, 69, of Nampa, was a corporate officer for Dave’s Motorcycle, Inc. (DMI) in Nampa. DMI was in the business of selling and servicing motorcycles. During that time, Howerzyl handled the bookkeeping for DMI, and exercised control over DMI’s financial affairs, including approving all payments by DMI and controlling all of DMI’s bank accounts.

For the calendar years 2013 to 2019, DMI employed approximately 15 to 25 people per year. During that period, DMI withheld taxes from its employees’ paychecks, including federal income taxes, Medicare, and social security taxes, often referred to as "payroll taxes." Howerzyl directly issued payroll checks twice per month and withheld payroll taxes from employees’ paychecks. Howerzyl also issued annual Forms W-2 to the employees of DMI, which reflected their gross wages, as well as their payroll taxes.

As a corporate officer of DMI, Howerzyl was aware that she had the corporate responsibility to collect, truthfully account for, and pay over DMI’s payroll taxes to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and file an Employer’s Quarterly Federal Income Tax Return (Form 941) following the end of each calendar quarter.

DMI, however, made no payments to the IRS for the calendar years 2013 to 2019. DMI further failed to file quarterly employment tax returns (Forms 941) with the IRS. Specifically, for the tax years 2013 to 2019, Howerzyl failed to account for $4,874,572.73 in wages at DMI and pay over $1,161,135.25 to the IRS in payroll taxes.

As part of the plea agreement with the Government, Howerzyl agreed to pay outstanding restitution to the IRS in the amount of $373,552.21.

“Collecting payroll taxes from workers then failing to pay over those amounts to the federal government is a gross breach of trust and is not a victimless crime,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Rafael M. Gonzalez, Jr. “It is stealing from the workers, as well as the public, and hurts all Americans. Those who flaunt federal tax laws, must know that they will be investigated and prosecuted," he said.

“Defrauding the government by failing to submit payroll taxes to the IRS is also a crime against all honest taxpayers as the lost tax revenue is burdened by everyone else,” said Andy Tsui, IRS Criminal Investigation Special Agent in Charge. “Ms. Howerzyl’s plea today serves as an important reminder that IRS:CI is committed to bringing to justice those who evade their corporate tax responsibilities for their personal gain.”

Howerzyl is scheduled to be sentenced on March 15, 2022 and faces a statutory maximum of five years in federal prison, a $250,000 fine, and up to three years of supervised release. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

Acting U.S. Attorney Rafael M. Gonzalez, Jr., of the District of Idaho commended the efforts of the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation, which led to charges.


Outcome: 12/13/2021 6 INFORMATION (Notice sent to USP & USM) as to Nicole Beth Howerzyl (1) count(s) 1. (Attachments: # 1 Cover Sheet, # 2 Service Information Sheet) (lm)
12/13/2021 7 Minute Entry for proceedings held before Judge Candy W. Dale: Arraignment as to Nicole Beth Howerzyl (1) Count 1 held on 12/13/2021. Plea Agreement Hearing also held. (Notice sent to USP & USM) (Sentencing set for 3/15/2022 09:00 AM in Boise - Courtroom 2 before Judge David C. Nye.) (ESR A. Tate.) Audio File Location Boise - Courtroom 6. (at)
12/13/2021 8 DOCKET TEXT DUE PROCESS PROTECTIONS ACT ORDER as to Nicole Beth Howerzyl: The Government shall adhere to all provisions of General Order #392. Signed by Judge Candy W. Dale. (at)
12/13/2021 Surrender of Passport as to Nicole Beth Howerzyl; Passport Number 583007725 issued by USA (Notice sent to USP) (lm)
12/13/2021 9 WAIVER OF INDICTMENT by Nicole Beth Howerzyl (Notice sent to USP & USM) (lm) (Entered: 12/14/2021)
12/13/2021 10 WAIVER OF RIGHT TO HAVE DISTRICT JUDGE TAKE PLEA by Nicole Beth Howerzyl (lm) Modified on 12/14/2021 to change docket text(lm). (Entered: 12/14/2021)
12/13/2021 11 REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS as to Nicole Beth Howerzyl (Notice sent to USM) Objections to R&R due by 12/27/2021 Signed by Judge Candy W. Dale.(caused to be mailed to non Registered Participants at the addresses listed on the Notice of Electronic Filing (NEF) by (lm) (Entered: 12/14/2021)
12/13/2021 12 ORDER Setting Conditions of Release as to Nicole Beth Howerzyl (Notice sent to USP & USM) Signed by Judge Candy W. Dale.(caused to be mailed to non Registered Participants at the addresses listed on the Notice of Electronic Filing (NEF) by (lm) (Entered: 12/14/2021)

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