MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A Burnsville couple faces multiple tax-related felonies after they allegedly ran a business without a sales tax permit and failed to file taxes, according to the Minnesota Department of Revenue.

The Dakota County Attorney’s Office recently charged Ronald Grote with 21 tax-related counts that include failing to file sales tax returns, failing to pay sales tax, failing to file income tax returns, failing to pay income tax and making sales after revocation. Cheryl Grote faces 10 tax-related counts, which include failing to file income tax returns, failing to pay income tax and making sales after revocation.

According to the criminal complaint, Ronald Grote continued to run his cleaning service business even after his sales tax permit was revoked in 2011. He allegedly changed the name of the business and continued to make sales after the revocation.

During the course of the investigation, the Grote couple filed joint returns and owed more than $65,000 in delinquent income taxes. A portion was recovered through bank account levies, but the couple still owes $27,000.

If convicted, the couple faces up to five years in prison per felony charge.

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