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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Kansas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Man Who Owned Strip Club In Salina, Kan. Pleads Guilty To Tax Evasion

TOPEKA, KAN. – A man who owned a strip club in Salina has pleaded guilty to filing false tax returns and underpaying his federal income taxes by more than $150,000, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said today.

Kirk Roberts, 49, Salina, Kan., pleaded guilty to three counts of filing false income tax returns for tax years 2006, 2007 and 2008. In his plea, he admitted that while he was the owner of Wild, Wild West, Inc., a strip club in Salina, he failed to report cash receipts totaling $537,942. As a result, he underpaid his federal income taxes by $153,510.

The club collected $3 to $5 cash per night per customer for door cover charges. It also collected between $25 and $50 per night in cash for house fees paid by dancers so they could dance on stage, as well as $35 per half hour in cash paid by dancers for using private rooms or “champagne rooms.”

The cash from the fees was not recorded on the business’ cash register. Rather than depositing the cash into the business’ bank account, Roberts deposited the money into a personal account.

Sentencing is set for April 22. He faces a maximum penalty of three years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on each count. The Internal Revenue Service investigated. Assistant U.S. Rich Hathaway is prosecuting.