WILMINGTON, Delaware – David C. Weiss, U.S. District Attorney for the District of Delaware, announced that Bruce Kevin Fleming, 67, of Milton, Delaware, was today sentenced in federal court to one year in federal prison for tax evasion federal. US District Court Judge Richard G. Andrews handed down the sentence.
According to court documents, Fleming, a well-known freelance photographer, pleaded guilty on August 26, 2020. At the time of his plea, Fleming had not filed or paid any federal tax returns since 1981. Fleming’s sentence includes $ 192,529. restitution to the IRS for income taxes due and owed from 2002 to 2016. Fleming was also ordered to return to the IRS an amount of $ 22,584 in payroll taxes that he withheld from his employees’ salaries. in 2016 and 2017, but was never turned over to the IRS.
The indictment covered the years 2012-2016. The prosecutor noted that Fleming had the money to pay his income taxes for those years because his total net income was $ 393,000; However, Fleming was living beyond his means, spending a total of $ 75,000 on restaurants / bars and $ 2,350 a month to rent an $ 800,000 house in Lewes, one block from the beach.
The prosecutor further said the criminal investigation was only opened after Fleming ignored all of the IRS’s numerous letters and civil assessments.
Commenting on the sentence, US Attorney Weiss noted, “The financial loss in tax matters is shared by all taxpayers. Our country’s ability to function and serve its citizens depends on voluntary compliance with tax obligations. The defendant not only willfully evaded his personal tax obligations, but he also failed to pay taxes withheld from his employees’ paychecks, demonstrating complete disregard for their individual tax obligations.
“Today’s conviction is the culmination of Mr. Fleming ignoring his fiscal responsibility for nearly two decades,” said Yury Kruty, acting special agent in charge of IRS criminal investigations. “Taxpayers want to know that everyone is doing their part and paying their fair share of taxes. The IRS-CI will continue to vigorously investigate individuals who knowingly and willfully evade their tax obligations. “
The case was pursued by AUSA Edmond Falgowski and was investigated by IRS-Criminal Investigations.
A copy of this press release can be found on the website of the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Delaware. Court documents and related information can be found on the Delaware District Court website or on PACER by searching for Case # 1: 19-cr-122.