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United States Attorney Rebecca A. Gregory
Eastern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                               CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
FRIDAY, APRIL 17, 2009                                                    PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/txe                                PHONE: (409) 839-2538 CELL: (409) 553-9881

JURY FINDS ARGYLE COUPLE GUILTY OF TAX EVASION

            PLANO, TX - U.S. Attorney Rebecca A. Gregory announced today that an Argyle, Texas couple has been found guilty by a jury of federal tax evasion charges in the Eastern District of Texas.

            PHILIP G. KELLAR, 56, and MICHELE G. KELLAR, 49, were convicted of tax evasion today following a week-long jury trial before U.S. District Judge Richard Schell.

According to information presented in court, between April 2001 and April 2008, the Kellars willfully attempted to evade the payment of income taxes assessed from 2000 through 2003 in the amount of approximately $210,000 by filing false Forms W-4 and attachments; filing false "Withholding Exemption Certificates"; not filing a tax return for tax year 2000; filing returns for tax years 2001, 2002, and 2003 in January of 2006; submitting correspondence intended to obstruct the collection of taxes to the Internal Revenue Service ("IRS"); submitting checks designated for payment of taxes to the IRS that were drawn on accounts that contained insufficient funds; and placing income in a bank account that bore the name of a third party entity.  PHILIP G. KELLAR was also charged with four counts of failing to file a tax return for each of tax years 2004 through 2007.  The Kellars were indicted on Dec. 10, 2008.

            The Kellars each face up to 5 years in federal prison at sentencing.  A sentencing date has not been set.
 
            The case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigations Division and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Shamoil Shipchandler. 

           

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