Millwright business owner pleads guilty to failing to file tax returns

A 50-year-old Wapello man pleaded guilty Thursday to failing to file federal income tax returns.

Bradley Earl Ewart appeared in federal court and pleaded guilty to two counts of failing to file federal income tax returns for calendar years 2016 and 2018, according to a news release.

Ewart is scheduled to be sentenced July 28 by U.S. District Court Chief Judge Stephanie M. Rose. Each count of failing to file a tax return carries a maximum penalty of one year in prison; a maximum fine of $25,000, or both, the statement said.

Ewart is responsible for paying his tax liability in full and must pay a special assessment of $25 per count to the Victims of Crime Fund.

Ewart had owned and operated Louisa County Millwright, LLC since about 2004, the statement said. He acknowledged receiving taxable income from that business in each calendar year from 2015 through 2018 “in amounts that far exceeded the minimum amount that requires a federal tax return to be filed,” the statement said.

During the plea hearing, Ewart admitted that he knew he was required to file federal income tax returns for the years 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 and deliberately failed to do so. He also admitted that he did not file federal income tax returns for the years 2004 to 2014.

American lawyer Richard D. Westphal made the announcement. The case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation and was prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

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