A former Platte County day care owner was sentenced Friday to two years in prison for not paying nearly $900,000 in taxes.
Lynn Jordan, 47, of Parkville, operated day care facilities in Parkville and Platte City under the names of Growing Places, South Platte Early Education Center, Growing Places Platte City and GPPC.
She pleaded guilty in February in U.S. District Court in Kansas City to a charge of failing to pay taxes to the Internal Revenue Service.
According to federal prosecutors, Jordan withheld about $891,572 in employment and other taxes from her employee paychecks from 2004 to 2012, but she did not pay the taxes to the IRS.
In asking for probation for Jordan, defense attorney Lance Sandage noted in court documents that she did not spend the money to fund a “lavish lifestyle,” but instead used most of it in an effort to keep her business going.
“Her business model was not sustainable,” Sandage wrote. “Instead of shutting it down when she got behind on her business obligations, she expanded, thinking that would cure all. Ms. Jordan was wrong.”
He also noted that her family experienced financial trouble in 2011 when her husband, a Parkville police officer, was severely injured while on duty and was unable to return to work for nearly two years.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Jane Pansing Brown argued for the two-year sentence.
“Considering the amount of theft and circumstances related to the theft, a sentence of probation is not appropriate here,” she wrote. “While sympathy for the Jordan family cannot be ignored, it should be noted that Lynn Jordan’s scheme to collect and keep employee trust tax money pre-dated her husband’s accident by at least seven years.”
Jordan also will be required to pay restitution to the IRS.