ST. CLAIR COUNTY BUSINESSMAN SENTENCED FOR WILLFUL FAILURE TO FILE INCOME TAX RETURNS
Stephen R. Wigginton, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that Kennedy M. Russell, Sr., 73, of O’Fallon, IL, owner of the Russell Reporting Service, was sentenced Friday in the United States District Court in East St. Louis to a total of 27 months’ imprisonment, to be followed by one year of supervised release, on five counts of Willful Failure to File an Income Tax Return for the tax years 2004 through 2008. A jury had found Russell guilty of these offenses on April 27, 2011. Russell testified at trial that he believed he was not subject to federal income and self-employment taxes, even though he had substantial earnings from his court reporting business and significant gains from the sale of stock. As a condition of supervised release, Russell has also been ordered to pay restitution to the United States in the amount of $109,105 for the taxes evaded.
The investigation was conducted by agents of the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation and Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michael J. Quinley.