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Branson couple sentenced for corporate tax fraud

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A Branson husband and wife were sentenced Nov. 1 in federal court for corporate tax fraud and filing false tax returns, according to a news release from Beth Phillips, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri.

Carl Davis, 74, was sentenced to two years in federal prison without parole and ordered to pay $189,892 in restitution, while his wife, Jo Davis, 60, was sentenced to five years of probation and ordered to pay $10,000 in restitution.

The couple pleaded guilty March 31.

Carl Davis was the former owner of Bottom Line Employee Services of Missouri Inc., which employed workers at Branson's Farmhouse Restaurant.

Carl Davis admitted to defrauding the government by paying Farmhouse Restaurant employees in cash and not reporting the payments to the Internal Revenue Service.

He then filed false quarterly tax returns, omitting the payroll checks. Between 2001 and 2004, the understated amount of taxes was $53,514, the release said.

Additionally, Davis admitted to filing false individual income tax returns 2000-04, a tax loss of more than $130,000.

Jo Davis pleaded guilty to filing a false tax return for 2005, omitting nearly $70,000 in compensation she received from Arbonne International Inc., a company that distributes skin care products through a network of independent distributors. She also filed a false individual tax return in 2004, omitting more than $6,000 in compensation from Arbonne.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Douglas Bunch and investigated by IRS-Criminal Investigation.

Additionally, Jeffery Davis, Carl Davis' son, an employee of Bottom Line and general manager of the Farmhouse Restaurant , was sentenced Oct. 23, 2009, to one year and one day in federal prison and a $62,508 restitution payment for fraud.[[In-content Ad]]

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