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Nevada business owner pleads guilty to false tax return

NEVADA, Mo. – A Nevada business owner pleads guilty to filing a false tax return – after failing to pay taxes on nearly $1.5 million of income.

“When businesses and individuals don’t pay their fair share in taxes, they are breaking the law and cheating their law-abiding neighbors,” said U.S. Attorney Teresa Moore. “This business owner shirked his responsibilities as a citizen by willfully failing to pay taxes on nearly $1.5 million of income.”

Kevin R. Morrow, 53, waived his right to a grand jury. He pleaded guilty before U.S. Chief Magistrate Judge David P. Rush.

“This time of year, hard-working Americans are preparing to submit their federal tax returns, and the majority of them will fully and honestly report their income,” said IRS-CI Special Agent in Charge Tyler Hatcher, St. Louis Field Office. “In fairness to them, IRS-Criminal Investigation will aggressively pursue those who attempt to avoid paying their fair share of taxes and hold them accountable.”

False Tax Return Case

According to the Western District of Missouri U.S. Attorney’s Office,

“By pleading guilty today, Morrow admitted that he omitted a total of $1,467,326 in income from the federal income tax returns he filed from 2014 through 2016.”

During that time, Morrow operated Morrow Show Steers, a cattle sale business. However, he didn’t report any of this income and, therefore, did not pay any taxes on this income.

According to today’s plea agreement, Morrow owes federal taxes in the amount of $92,928. The court ordered him to pay a total of $104,838 in restitution. That money will go to the federal government and the state of Missouri.

Today, Morrow pleaded guilty to the specific charge of filing a false tax return on April 15, 2017. The Department of Justice says he falsely claimed he received income of only $13,617 in 2016. They say he willfully did not report that he received additional income of $444,462 from his cattle sale business.

Under federal statutes, Morrow is subject to a sentence of up to three years in federal prison without parole.

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