Caruthersville man accused of stealing over $400K from business

Dwight Hank Clayton Jr. (Source: Pemiscot County Jail)
Dwight Hank Clayton Jr. (Source: Pemiscot County Jail)

CARUTHERSVILLE, MO(KAIT) – A southeast Missouri man is accused of taking hundreds of thousands ofdollars he was supposed to be sending the IRS on behalf of a business.

According to a newsrelease from the Caruthersville Police Department, Dwight Hank Clayton Jr., 32,of Caruthersville was arrested on Nov. 1 for felony theft.

Owners of CMV InHome Health Assistance Inc. contacted police on Oct. 28 about dealing withClayton. An investigator was told by the owners they had a verbal agreementwith Clayton in June 2012 to deposit employee payroll taxes into a bank accountand to pay quarterly taxes to the Internal Revenue Office. Clayton is anemployee of Landrum Tax Services of Caruthersville, according to police.

The owner told policepayments were given to Clayton on the 10th and 25th ofeach month, but none had been paid. On Oct. 23 one of the owners was contacted by the IRS for unpaid taxes.

During theinvestigation, police said Clayton did pay over $65,000 in payroll taxes to theIRS, leaving an unpaid balance of $426,000 which he is accused of stealing.

Clayton is in thePemiscot County Jail awaiting his first court appearance Monday.

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