Rowdy Beaver owner pleads guilty in tax case

Friday, November 2, 2018

The owner of four Rowdy Beaver restaurants — including two in Eureka Springs — pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court of failing to pay federal employment taxes.

Rodney Minner, 62, of Eureka Springs, was indicted in April on 35 counts of willful failure to collect and pay over employment taxes over a four-year period from April 30, 2012, to April 30, 2016. The indictment listed the total tax loss for all 35 counts at $415,505.30.

Minner pleaded guilty Tuesday to a single count, acknowledging that he withheld a portion of employees’ paychecks to pay the employment taxes for the third quarter of 2016, but did not remit the money to the Internal Revenue Service. Minner also did not pay the employer’s portion of the federal employment taxes. The total amount of taxes due for the quarter was $21,093.74, according to the plea agreement.

The agreement calls for the remaining counts to be dismissed.

No sentencing date has been set. Minner faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 and also may ordered to pay restitution.

Minner could not be reached for comment.

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