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NEWS RELEASE

OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI


JOHN F. WOOD


Contact Don Ledford, Public Affairs ● (816) 426-4220 ● 400 East Ninth Street, Room 5510 ● Kansas City, MO 64106

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JULY 12, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


TWO BRANSON MEN PLEAD GUILTY TO

FAILURE TO FILE FEDERAL INCOME TAX RETURNS


            SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that two Branson, Mo., men today pleaded guilty before U.S. Chief Magistrate Judge James C. England to willfully failing to file federal income tax returns for calendar years 2000 and 2001 as required by law.


            Martin R. Dingman and Shane O. Grady, both 53, were business partners involved in the manufacture of leather products who failed to file and pay personal federal income taxes for tax years 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, and 2001. The Internal Revenue Service determined that during those years, Dingman owed and failed to pay $326,682 and Grady owed and failed to pay $219,091.


            Under federal statutes, the maximum penalties for each defendant could result in a maximum of two years of imprisonment in federal prison without parole, a $50,000 fine, two years of supervised release, an order of restitution, and a $50 mandatory special assessment. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the United States Probation Office.


            This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney W. Brent Powell. It was investigated by the IRS-Criminal Investigation.


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