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Allegedly Paid No Taxes on More than $300,000 of Income

May 5, 2006

GUY V. FLAKE, 51, of Sumner, Washington, was arraigned today in U.S. District Court in Tacoma on two charges of Income Tax Evasion. According to the indictment, for calendar year 1999, FLAKE claimed that his income was $0 and his tax obligation was $0. In fact, FLAKE had $322,210 of taxable income in 1999, and should have paid taxes of $124,028. For calendar year 2000, FLAKE again claimed a taxable income of $0, with taxes owed of $317. In fact, FLAKE had taxable income of $25, 711 and owed taxes of $12,388. During the years in question FLAKE was employed as a private general contractor.

FLAKE was arraigned on the charges in front of U.S. Magistrate Judge J. Kelley Arnold. FLAKE entered pleas of “Not Guilty.” Trial is set for July 3, 2006, in front of U.S. District Judge Franklin D. Burgess.

Income Tax Evasion is punishable by up to five years in prison and $250,000 fine plus the costs of prosecution.

An indictment contains allegations that have not yet been proven beyond a reasonable doubt at trial.

The case is being investigated by the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division (IRS-CID) and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Janet Freeman.

For additional information please call Emily Langlie, Public Affairs Officer for the United States Attorney’s Office, at (205)553-4110.

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