Branson Entertainer Pleads Guilty to Tax Evasion

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by Sam Clanton

 

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A singer in the Branson vocal group SIX pleads guilty in federal court to tax evasion.

Fifty-four-year-old Barry Knudsen admitted that despite earning significant income through several businesses in which he is a shareholder, he failed to file and pay federal and state income taxes from 2009 to 2014, on earnings totaling more than 1-point-5 million dollars.

According to prosecutors, Knudsen’s failure to file income tax returns resulted in a total federal tax loss of 218-thousand dollars, and a state tax loss of more than 46-thousand dollars.

A news release points out that as of March 8th, Knudsen has satisfied the state’s demand for payment, through Missouri’s amnesty tax program.

Under federal statutes, Knudsen is subject to a sentence of up to six years in federal prison without parole.

According to the U-S Attorney’s Office, the other members of SIX are in good standing and are not being investigated for tax evasion.

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