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NEWS RELEASE

OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI


JOHN F. WOOD


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DECEMBER 22, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


NIXA MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO FAILURE

TO FILE FEDERAL TAX RETURNS


            SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Nixa, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to his failure to file federal tax returns for three years.


            Terry Edward Elliott, 54, of Nixa, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge James C. England this morning to three counts of willfully failing to file federal tax returns. Elliott owned T.E. Mortgage Group and TE Mortgage Services in Nixa.


            By pleading guilty today, Elliott admitted that in the calendar years 2002 to 2004, he earned a total of $887,451 in gross income. In each of those three years, Elliott willfully failed to make an income tax return.


            This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven M. Mohlhenrich. It was investigated by IRS-Criminal Investigation.

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