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NEWS RELEASE

OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI


JOHN F. WOOD


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AUGUST 17, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


COLUMBIA STRIP CLUB OWNER SENTENCED

FOR $177,000 TAX EVASION


            JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that the owner of Club Vogue, a strip club in Columbia, Mo., was sentenced in federal court today for tax evasion.


            James Andrew Yeager, 37, of Columbia, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Nanette K. Laughrey this afternoon to 21 months in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Yeager to pay all outstanding taxes, along with interest and penalties. Yeager was the owner of JR Entertainment, which did business under the name Club Vogue, located at 912 Business Loop 70 East in Columbia.


            “All citizens have a legal obligation to pay income taxes,” said Wood. “Yeager earned a significant income but attempted to shirk his civic duty and illegally conceal his income. Today’s sentence holds him accountable to pay what he owes.”


            Yeager owned and operated Club Vogue and kept substantial amounts of income from detection by dealing in cash and by failing to make deposits into his bank accounts,” stated James D. Vickery, Special Agent in Charge of IRS Criminal Investigation. “Individuals are required to file truthful and accurate income tax returns and should not make attempts to evade their tax obligations.”


            On Oct. 2, 2006, Yeager pleaded guilty to tax evasion. Yeager admitted that his taxable income was substantially higher than actually reported for the calendar years 1999, 2000 and 2001. As a result of $493,591 in unreported income, Yeager owes a total of $140,543 in additional federal income tax for those three years. Yeager also owes $36,732 in additional federal income tax for unreported income from January through April 2002.


            Yeager operated Club Vogue and JR Entertainment in such a manner that he was able to divert substantial amounts of the receipts of the business for his own personal use without properly accounting for that money in the legitimate books of JR Entertainment, and, consequently, on his own federal and state income tax filings. Under his direction, cash receipts for the dancer’s nightly fees and Club Vogue’s portion of the lap dances were collected and placed in an envelope, which was not reported.


            Yeager also kept substantial amounts of income from detection by dealing in cash, and by not depositing the money into bank accounts.


            The former manager of Club Vogue, Dan Bruce Marcum, 51, formerly of Columbia, has also been sentenced, in a separate but related case, for tax evasion for more than $40,000 in unpaid taxes over a four-year period. Marcum was sentenced on June 26, 2007, to five years of probation and ordered to pay all outstanding taxes, along with interest and penalties. Marcum is the former general manager of JR Entertainment and the former co-owner of Show Girls, a strip club near Boonville, Mo., that is no longer in business.


            On Dec. 15, 2006, Marcum pleaded guilty to tax evasion. Marcum admitted that he earned a gross income of approximately $82,105 in calendar year 1999, with federal income tax due of $27,517. Marcum attempted to conceal his income by accepting his pay in cash and attempted to evade paying federal income tax by failing to make an income tax return for that year. Marcum also admitted that he had taxable income from Club Vogue that he did not report for the calendar years 2000 and 2001. Marcum owed a total of $13,094 in federal income tax for those two years.


            These cases were prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Anthony P. Gonzalez. They were investigated by IRS-Criminal Investigation, the Missouri Department of Revenue – Criminal Investigation Bureau, the Columbia, Mo., Police Department and the Cooper County Sheriff’s Department.


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