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Olathe Businessman Enters Guilty Plea for Tax Fraud

A man from Olathe, Kansas, is facing serious charges after allegations surfaced that he failed to pay his taxes. The business owner could spend five years in federal prison in connection with the alleged tax evasion. He could also be required to pay a fine of $250,000, along with the remainder of his tax burden. Media reports show that the man, age 41, chose to plead guilty, a move that was likely influenced by the advice from his criminal defense attorneys.

The man owned a drywall company that grossed nearly $8 million during the two-year period between 2007 and 2009. Even though the man's business was very profitable, he chose to avoid paying taxes. The man owed more than $370,000 in connection with the delinquent tax bills.

Not only did the man fail to pay his tax burden, but he is also accused of misappropriating company funds for his own personal use. Authorities report that the man bought numerous vehicles with money from the company. He also used surreptitious purchasing methods to buy a home for the mother of his children, and he refused to send accurate tax forms to his subcontractors.

Sentencing in the case is slated to occur on June 17. Media reports have not indicated whether the man is still in custody.

In this case, the man decided to plead guilty because of the overwhelming amount of evidence against him. Not only did the federal government successfully prove that the man owed a massive tax debt, but his subcontractors were able to confirm the allegations by reporting their respective tax situations. Instead of risking a jury trial that would likely yield a conviction, the man's attorneys probably advised him to plead guilty in the hopes of receiving a more lenient sentence.

Plea bargains are useful tools for suspects who plead guilty. Prosecutors are likely to lower the severity of certain charges in exchange for a guilty plea, which saves taxpayer money and time.

Source: The Kansas City Star, "Olathe businessman pleads guilty to tax evasion," Amy Renee Leiker, March 14, 2013

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