- Associated Press - Monday, March 3, 2014

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A Gretna woman already serving time for tax evasion pleaded guilty Monday to stealing the $4.1 million on which she didn’t pay taxes.

Caroline Richardson, 54, made her plea to a theft charge in Douglas County District Court in Omaha. Prosecutors dropped two other theft charges in exchange for her plea. Richardson faces up to 10 more years in prison when she’s sentenced on March 18.

Prosecutors said Richardson stole from Omaha-based Colombo Candy and Tobacco in 2010 and 2011 while working as company controller. In September, Richardson pleaded guilty to three counts of tax evasion after prosecutors dropped three counts of filing a false income tax return. Sarpy County Attorney Lee Polikov has said Richardson owed $430,000 in unpaid taxes on the $4.1 million.

Richardson was sentenced to five to 10 years in prison for the tax evasion.

Colombo hasn’t sued Richardson, but it is suing a Council Bluffs, Iowa, casino, Ameristar Casino. Colombo alleges that the casino officials knew Richardson’s approximate annual income and job description, and should have known Richardson was gambling away money that wasn’t rightfully hers.

For example, the lawsuit says the casino cashed $110,000 in checks for Richardson over the Labor Day weekend in 2011.

Ameristar spokeswoman Christie Scott declined to comment on Monday.


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