A Franklin County business owner is accused in a federal indictment of failing to pay income and payroll taxes. 

Lucinda Franek, 45, Beaufort, appeared in U.S. District Court Wednesday on the  federal grand jury indictment that charges her with five felony counts of failure to collect and pay employment taxes and three felony counts of failure to pay income taxes, according to the U.S. attorneys office in St. Louis. 

According to the indictment, Franek was the president of Rick Franek Contracting, Inc (RFCI), a custom home building business in Beaufort.  She and her husband operated RFCI, with Lucinda Franek being responsible for the financial aspects, including payroll duties, and ensuring that the payroll taxes were timely filed and paid to the IRS.  

She withheld taxes from employees’ paychecks, including federal income taxes, medicare and social security. The indictment alleges that RFCI failed to pay $123,659 in payroll taxes for five calendar quarters in 2008 and 2009.

Additionally, the indictment states that during years 2006, 2007 and 2008, Lucinda Franek failed to pay income taxes of approximately $53,601.

See the Weekend Missourian for more details.