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(Neb)-DOJ Files Suit To Collect $1.3-M From Sheridan County Tax Protesters

By: John Axtell Posted at: 02/08/2018 01:34 PM
OMAHA, Neb. - The Lincoln Journal-Star says the federal government has filed a lawsuit seeking $1.3 million dollars in taxes and penalties from a rural Hay Springs couple who have completed 6 year prison terms for conspiracy and tax fraud.

     67-year old David Kleensang and 58-year old Bernita Kleensang were convicted in 2012 of conspiracy to defraud the government, impeding administration of Internal Revenue laws, and 14 counts of filing false claims.

    Prosecutors said the Kleensangs had not paid income taxes for 5 years, then claimed more than $48 million in refunds. The couple argued they did not have to pay taxes because they were not federal employees and did not live in Washington, D.C.

    The Journal-Star says the Tax Division of the Dept of Justice filed a complaint on Tuesday in U-S District Court in Omaha against the Kleensangs with Federal Bureau of Prison records showing the Kleensangs were released from prison last fall.

     The complaint against David Kleensang says he owes nearly $1.2-million in taxes, penalties, interest, and civil penalties for the years 2000-2004 and 2006-2007

    The filing says Bernita Kleensang is liable for $119,000 as a result of filing false tax refund claims for 2006 and 2007 as well as failing to report and pay all taxes owed in 2007.


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