Goshen mans electronics shredded by state
Posted: 05/03/2012 at 1:15 am
By: Justin Leighty
In all, 14 pallets of untaxed stereo equipment seized from Edward Dale Christner went into an industrial shredder, according to an announcement from Attorney General Greg Zoeller.
The seized merchandise was in storage until it went to the shredder. Testing of six of the stereo units indicated they could start a fire, so Zoellerís office decided to destroy the equipment.
ďThe Attorney Generalís office enforces laws against sales-tax evasion, and because of concern that this substandard electronic equipment was unsafe if used, we did not want to risk the chance that the defendantís merchandise would re-enter the marketplace and be re-sold to consumers,Ē Zoeller said.
Christner stored the items in an Elkhart warehouse and used a van to sell the equipment in area parking lots, according to Zoeller.
Authorities executed a search warrant for Christnerís Goshen home and his Elkhart warehouses in March, 2009, as part of a sales-tax enforcement effort, according to Zoeller.
Christner pleaded guilty in Marion County in late 2009 to failure to collect or pay state sales tax and failure to permit examination of sales tax records, both felonies, the Attorney Generalís office reported. Christner was sentenced to probation.
Zoellerís office also got a civil tax judgement of $823,607 against Christner, which the state is still trying to collect.
Zoellerís office reported that Christner sold audio equipment worth $50 to $100, but had the boxes labeled as worth $3,000 to $4,000. Heíd haggle people down to from $200 to $500, and never collected tax on the transactions, according to the state.