State prosecutors have filed tax evasion charges against the former owner of a Lincoln clothing business that was accused of taking money from customers and failing to fulfill their orders, according to court documents.
Andrea R. Christensen, 38, of Lincoln, is accused of attempting to evade income tax in 2015, 2016 and 2017, failing to pay sales tax in 2015 and 2016 and failing to pay income tax between 2015 and 2017, according to a criminal complaint.
These charges arose from an investigation by the Nebraska Attorney General's Office into the practices of Christensen's former businesses Pixi Chix and State 51 Wear, a spokeswoman confirmed.
In 2016, the Nebraska Attorney General's office filed a lawsuit against her and her companies alleging she violated the Nebraska Consumer Protection Act and Uniform Deceptive Trade Practices Act, among other laws.
Complaints about her businesses had circulated for months on social media, as customers alleged they paid for custom-made merchandise and then never received it, received only part of it or received their items months after they were promised.
More than 150 customers and consultants complained to the Attorney General's Office in 2016, a spokeswoman said then.
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In April, Christensen and her businesses admitted no wrongdoing but agreed to pay $7,500 in a settlement with the Attorney General's Office.
Both businesses are defunct, according to state business records.
The five felonies filed against Christensen on Tuesday each carry a maximum penalty of two years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Christensen couldn't be reached for comment Thursday. A request for comment from the attorney who represents her and her companies wasn't immediately returned.
She's set to appear in court next month.