‘Grandma’s House’ producer gets prison for tax evasion

Kimberly Zulkowski talks to the cast members of the upcoming movie '53206'.

A woman who rose from wrenching poverty, abuse and foster care in Milwaukee to run a multimillion-dollar Brookfield business and make films has been sentenced to federal prison for withholding years of payroll taxes from the IRS.

Kimberly Zulkowski, 43, ignored IRS warnings about how she was handling taxes at Faith Family Services, a personal care agency, until she was charged in 2020 and agreed to plead guilty to willful failure to pay taxes, according to federal court records.

Zulkowski became widely known for her success story, efforts to address violence and films, including one named for where she grew up, the 53206 ZIP code in Milwaukee.

In addition to 15 months in prison, Zulkowski will serve three years of supervised release and be on the hook for more than $730,000 in restitution. US District Judge JP Stadtmueller imposed the sentence May 27.

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