Ames bar owner gets prison time for tax fraud


(Des Moines, IA) -- An Ames bar-owner has been sentenced in U.S. Court in Des Moines to four-months in prison for tax fraud. Fifty-seven-year-old Scott Griffen has also been ordered to pay more than $150,000 in restitution. Griffen owned Corner Pocket and DG's Tap House, and was accused of using taxes withheld from employee's wages for his own use. He was indicted in 2019.

Griffen admitted he failed to pay the IRS more than $150,000 between over a four year period.

“If you don’t pay your taxes, you can go to federal prison. It’s that simple,” said United

States Attorney Marc Krickbaum. “Scott Griffen failed to pay employment taxes for four years,

and he continued even after he was warned by the IRS. He deserves the prison term imposed

today.”