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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of South Dakota

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Custer Man Sentenced For Tax Evasion

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Custer, South Dakota, man convicted of Income Tax Evasion was sentenced on December 13, 2013, by Chief Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Court.

Dennis Wicks, age 71, was sentenced to 14 months in custody, 2 years of supervised release, and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund and $110,015 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service.   
Wicks was charged by an Information on August 15, 2013, and he pled guilty on August 22, 2013.

Wicks was the owner of Wicks International Network and knew that he was required to report all of his business gross receipts on his income tax return.  In 2009, Wicks failed to file a tax return and instructed some of his patients to make payments to another entity in order to conceal a portion of his income.  Wicks also attempted to evade or defeat taxes for the years 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2010.

The investigation was conducted by the Department of the Treasury, Internal Revenue Service.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric Kelderman.
Wicks was ordered to self-surrender to the U.S. Marshals Service on January 14, 2014.

Updated June 22, 2015