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Gift shop owner charged with failing to pay restitution for unpaid city sales taxes

City prosecutors file petition to revoke Larry Lee Lynd's probation

Posted: June 19, 2013 - 12:03am

City prosecutors say an Anchorage resident and former owner of a downtown Juneau gift shop has failed to make payments toward restitution after he was convicted last year of failing to pay nearly $192,000 worth of city sales taxes, according to court papers.

The 58-year-old owner of Woolly Mammoth Gifts and Sourdough Larry’s, Larry Lee Lynd, was court-ordered to pay $1,919.17 per month beginning in May 2012 and was placed on probation until he paid off the unpaid taxes.

But according to an affidavit filed by a City and Borough of Juneau revenue collector, Lynd has missed seven payments thus far, for the months of May 2012, August 2012, September 2012, October 2012, December 2012, January 2013 and March 2013.

That’s about $13,434 worth of restitution that hasn’t been paid, or about $14,659 if interest is included, the city says.

The city is requesting his probation be revoked. Lynd is scheduled to appear for an arraignment in Juneau District Court on Wednesday to answer to the petition.

Lynd could not be reached by phone in Anchorage for comment.

He was originally charged in September 2011 with 33 misdemeanor counts of failing to file and remit sales taxes dating back to 2006.

He pleaded guilty to five of those counts in April 2012, and a plea deal reached with prosecutors dismissed the remaining charges. The plea deal called for Lynd to pay monthly installments of $1,919.17 for the next 10 years as restitution for unremitted sales tax totalling $191,799.17.

Also a part of the plea deal was a two-and-a-half year suspended jail sentence. That means Lynd could potentially serve part or all of that time if the court finds he has violated probation.

Woolly Mammoth Gifts was located on Admiral Way and has been closed for some time. While the shop was open, Lynd previously got into trouble for the unlawful sale or advertisements of bear parts, as the Empire reported in 2005. Wildlife law enforcement seized a dozen black bear skulls from his shop, and he was ordered to pay $1,250 of a $2,500 fine.

• Contact reporter Emily Russo Miller at 523-2263 or at emily.miller@juneauempire.com.

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