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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Missouri

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, August 13, 2015

Town and Country Woman Pleads Guilty to Filing a False Tax Return

St. Louis, MO – GWENDOLYN BROWN, of Town & Country, Missouri, admitted to filing a false income tax return in violation of 26 USC 7206(1), a felony.  Brown appeared this afternoon before U.S. District Court Judge Ronnie L. White in St. Louis.

Brown faces up to three years imprisonment, a fine of up to $100,000 or both at her sentencing which is set for November 13, 2015.  According to her plea agreement, Brown admitted to looting the coffers of the Church of Jesus Christ, a congregation in the City of St. Louis, of which her husband Alfred Brown is pastor, since 2008.  Brown also admitted to taking considerable income from a daycare facility - which is a ministry of the Church - while its director.  In addition to taking unreported cash, Brown admitted to not reporting payments towards luxury automobiles driven by her and her husband on her 2008, 2009 and 2010 taxes.

Alfred Brown has previously pleaded guilty to the same offense and was ordered to serve one year and one day in prison on Tuesday by Judge White.

Updated August 13, 2015