De Soto Man Sentenced to 53 Months Imprisonment and to Pay Nearly $1.5 Million in Restitution for Conviction on Tax and Weapons Charges
David Bartels, 43, of De Soto, Ill.-, was sentenced in United States District Court in Benton, Illinois, to 53 months of imprisonment, was ordered to pay a special assessment of $500 and to serve 3 years of supervised release to follow his period of incarceration, Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today. Bartels was also ordered to pay $1,191,900 in restitution to the victim of a fraud scheme perpetrated by him and another $268,859.87 to the Internal Revenue Service for unpaid taxes.
On March 13, 2012, Bartels, pled guilty to four counts of Tax Evasion, and one count of being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm. During his plea Bartels admitted that he had filed false tax returns that failed to claim over $1,000,000 he obtained by various fraudulent actions between 2005 and 2008. He also admitted to possessing multiple firearms even though he was a convicted felon. As part of the plea negotiated with the United States Attorney’s Office, Bartels agreed to make full restitution to the victim of his fraud that led to the tax evasion charges.
The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Criminal Investigation Division of the Internal Revenue Service and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Ranley Killian.
In order to report tax fraud contact the Criminal Investigation Division of the Internal Revenue Service at 618-622-2160.