The founders of a Georgia-based staffing company have been arrested after the Georgia Department of Revenue said they failed to pay taxes to the state after collecting the money from the paychecks of temporary workers.
According to the state, Charmarie Delayne Sproles and Linda Marie Naylor, formerly known as Linda Maddox, founded the company called Temporary Resource Partners in 2009. The company is based in Dalton, Georgia, with satellite locations in Calhoun, Georgia; Cleveland, Tennessee; and Naples, Florida.
In 2013, Sproles reportedly left the company and Naylor took over as sole owner.
The Department of Revenue says from 2009 to 2014 the company failed to pay nearly $300,000 in state withholding taxes. The monies were taken out of employees’ checks but the agency never received the money. With penalties and interest, the amount claimed by the state is now $373,000.
“This is stolen money, this isn't just you didn't pay your taxes," said Chief Josh Waites of the Georgia Department of Revenue Office of Special Investigations. "This is money they collected for the benefit of the state and they kept it."
Sproles was booked into the Whitfield County jail and charged with unlawful conversion of funds collected for the benefit of the state.
Naylor, who currently lives in Naples, turned herself in earlier and was released on bond.
“We are pleased with Sproles' arrest and look forward to speaking with her and trying to come to quick resolution to this case,” said Nick Genesi, director of communications for the Department of Revenue, to The Daily Citizen. “Since turning herself in, Linda has been cooperative in this investigation. Any time we can avoid lengthy, costly time and can get people to pay the money they owe, that works in everyone’s favor.”
Georgia Department of Revenue agents executed a search warrant at the staffing firm's Dalton headquarters last month.
Agents say they made several attempts to allow the business to get current on their taxes but they refused, so arrest warrants for the women were issued.