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Lincoln woman takes plea deal on tax evasion charges

August 9, 2019

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Lincoln woman who’d settled allegations that she’d cheated customers of her clothing businesses has taken a plea deal on tax evasion charges.

Lancaster County District Court records say 39-year-old Andrea Christensen pleaded no contest Wednesday to three counts of attempted income tax evasion, one of attempted sales tax evasion and one of attempted failure to collect and pay income tax. Prosecutors had lowered the charges from felonies in exchange for her pleas.

A restitution hearing is scheduled for Sept. 23, followed by a sentencing hearing set for Oct. 17.

The tax charges arose from a state investigation into the Christensen’s now defunct businesses, Pixi Chix and State 51 Wear. In 2016 state attorneys sued her and her companies alleging that she’d violated the Nebraska Consumer Protection Act and Uniform Deceptive Trade Practices Act, among other laws. Christensen and her businesses admitted no wrongdoing but agreed to pay $7,500 in a settlement.

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