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November 17, 2011

Cole County Grand Jury Indicts Tax Evaders; Branson Tax Scofflaw Sentenced in Separate Case

JEFFERSON CITY - As a result of cooperative efforts by Missouri Department of Revenue investigators and the Cole County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, grand jury indictments were issued earlier this week against two Jefferson City residents for failure to file state tax returns.

Farrel Shay Carpenter, of Jefferson City, was indicted on one felony count of failure to file Missouri income tax returns in three separate years (2007 through 2009). 

An indictment has also been filed in a separate case of tax evasion.  Nina Barlow, of Jefferson City, has been indicted on 11 felony counts of failure to file Missouri sales tax returns from 2008 to the present.

"Tax evasion is illegal.  We owe it to families and businesses that play by the rules to ensure a level playing field for their success and prosperity," said Alana M. Barragán-Scott, director of the Missouri Department of Revenue. "I'm pleased that the Department was able to work with the Cole County Prosecutor's Office and that the tax evaders will be brought to justice."

As in all criminal cases, the indictments against the defendants are merely accusations, and they are presumed innocent until or unless proven guilty in a court of law.

A Branson man, Wayne Hicks, pled guilty in another recent tax evader case, and has been sentenced to 20 months imprisonment.

Hicks pled guilty last month in Taney County Circuit Court to failure to pay state taxes.  Hicks owns Wayne Hicks Enterprises Inc.  He admitted to not paying sales taxes and failing to withhold payroll taxes from June to October of 2006.  The back taxes, interest and penalties amounted to $172,144, which the Department of Revenue will attempt to collect through civil assessments.  Department of Revenue agents investigated the case and worked with the Taney County Sheriff's Department and the Taney County Prosecuting Attorney's Office on the successful outcome.

Hicks is already in prison on federal charges involving another company he owned.


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