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St. Paul man charged with multiple tax crimes

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ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Revenue announced that the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office recently charged Cory Michael Dawe, of St. Paul, with five felony counts of failing to file income tax returns and three felony counts of failing to pay income tax.

According to the complaint, Mr. Dawe failed to file income tax returns from 2013 through 2017, and failed to pay income tax from 2015 through 2017. The complaint also alleges that Mr. Dawe claimed he was exempt from any state tax withholding even though he earned enough income to be obligated to file an income tax return and pay income tax in Minnesota. According to the complaint, Mr. Dawe owes over $13,000 in unpaid income tax, penalties, and interest.

Each tax-related felony charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison, a $10,000 fine, or both. Defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Many of the department’s criminal case referrals come from public tips. The Minnesota Department of Revenue has a 24-hour tip line for anyone who suspects that a person or business is violating Minnesota tax laws. Local callers may dial 651-297-5195 or call toll-free by dialing 1-800-657-3500. Tips can also be submitted to the department by email at tax.fraud@state.mn.us. Tipsters may choose to remain anonymous. 

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Ryan Brown
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