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

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Nacogdoches Couple Sentenced For Federal Tax Violations

Department of Justice
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LUFKIN, Texas -  A Nacogdoches, Texas couple has been sentenced for federal tax violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.   

Reggie Cotton, 53, and Deborah Cotton, 57, pleaded guilty on Nov. 7, 2013 to failing to file tax returns for the calendar year 2004 and were both sentenced to five months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Ron Clark.  Their prison sentences will be followed by five months of home detention and restitution of $75,320 to the Internal Revenue Service.

      According to information presented in court, the Cottons were involved in running and operating D&R Services, a janitorial cleaning service.  The Cottons had received gross income for 2004 totaling $207,857 for D&R Services which they failed to file a federal income tax return for.  The Cottons knew they were required to file an income tax return because they had filed an income tax return for a separate janitorial company they had been involved with in the past. 

            Reggie Cotton was ordered to report to the U.S. Marshals Service in July 2013 to begin serving his sentence.  Deborah Cotton was ordered to report in January 2014.

This case was investigated by the IRS and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert L. Rawls.

Updated March 12, 2015