Northern Michigan Cafe Owner Accused of Failing to Pay State Taxes for Years

“Fifty-six felony charges regarding failing to file income tax returns.”

A Northern Michigan cafe owner has been charged with more than 60 felonies.

The attorney general’s office says she failed to pay state taxes for several years.

Angela Parks is the owner of Parks Place Cafe in Conway.

The AG’s office says an audit by the Department of Treasurery revealed that Parks collected more than $70,000 in sales tax from customers but never paid those back to the state.

The attorney general’s office says businesses are required to file their sales taxes monthly.

Parks is accused of not paying back her taxes for close to five years.

“Those 56 charges relate to 56 months,” press secretary for the attorney general’s office, Megan Hawthorne said.

The attorney general’s office says Angela Parks is accused of what is essentially stealing from her customers.

“Those dollars support schools, roads and infrastructure, they were really stealing from their customers just as much as they were circumventing state law,” Hawthorne said.

“Just friendly, just there I got my coffee, real quick and go,” says Ray Demaestri.

Parks Place is a popular spot off U.S. 31, customers were shocked to hear the allegations.

“For a business owner, I mean you are not going to get away with it, nobody does,” Demaestri said.

“They should be paying their taxes is what comes to my mind, I pay my taxes, everybody else pays theirs why can’t they pay theirs, all businesses have to pay the taxes otherwise that’s what gonna happen,” Michael Shearer said.

Parks is out on bond, we went to see if she would address what she’s accused of.

One of her staff members handed me a phone through the door.

9&10 News talked to Angela for a few minutes, she did not want to be on camera but denies all allegations

One thing of note, Angela Parks’ husband was the owner of Charles G. Parks funeral home, in Petoskey, which was shutdown by the state earlier this year.

Angela Parks will be back in Eaton County Court on Monday.

Stay with Northern Michigan’s News Leader as we continue to follow this case.