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UPDATED: Ex-state contractor pleads guilty

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Shelda Sutton Mendoza, 60, of Albuquerque, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque last week to evading federal taxes, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a news release.

The former state contractor is facing 10 to 16 months in prison followed by up to three years of supervised release at her sentencing, which has not yet been scheduled, federal prosecutors said. She also will be required to pay $167,362 in restitution to the IRS.

Sutton Mendoza was indicted in December 2011 and charged with five counts of tax evasion, when she was owner and sole shareholder of NYSNC Environmental Inc., an environmental cleanup and testing service established in 2000, according to the release.

Her firm contracted primarily with the New Mexico Environment Department, where Sutton Mendoza worked in the agency’s Petroleum Storage Bureau for more than six years before leaving to start the business, the release said.

She was charged with evading personal and corporate taxes during the 2003, 2004 and 2005 tax years by intentionally filing false tax returns that misrepresented both her personal and corporate taxable income, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.


5:26am 1/17/12 — Ex-State Contractor Accused of Tax Evasion

By The Associated Press

A former state contractor is in trouble with the federal government over taxes.

Prosecutors say Shelda Sutton-Mendoza has been arraigned on five counts of tax evasion. She pleaded not guilty during a hearing earlier this month.

If convicted, she faces up to five years in prison and a $100,000 fine.

At the time of the crimes alleged in the indictment, Sutton-Mendoza owned NYSNC Environmental, a cleanup and testing service.

The company contracted primarily with the New Mexico Environmental Department, where Sutton-Mendoza was employed in the Petroleum Storage Bureau for more than six years before leaving to establish her business in 2003.

The indictment alleges that Sutton-Mendoza evaded an aggregate of more than $241,000 in federal personal and corporate taxes from 2003 to 2005 by intentionally filing false tax returns.