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Minneapolis, MN

#1 Oct 5, 2011
150,000 = greed

The owner of a Twin Cities temporary staffing business that was shut down over allegations it employed illegal immigrants now has been accused of failing to pay $150,000 in employment taxes.

Doris Ruiz was the owner of Olen Staff Co. in Minneapolis, which specialized in placing immigrant workers in factory and construction jobs. Federal investigators shut down the business in 2008 over allegations that she hired illegal immigrants, but she was never indicted on the charges.

The Business Journal reported in April that Ruiz was running another business called Rivera Exteriors.

On Wednesday, Ruiz was indicted in federal court in St. Paul of keeping $150,000 in payroll taxes that she deducted from employee paychecks and should have paid to the government, the U.S. Attorney's Office of Minnesota said in a news release.

She was charged with one count of fraud and 10 counts of failure to account for and pay federal employment taxes from 2005 through 2007.

The government alleges that she instructed employees to step preparing tax return forms.

If convicted, Ruiz faces up to five years in prison on each of the 11 counts.

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