Thursday, August 19, 2010

Couzins Catfish couple sentenced for telling IRS a big fish story

Posted By on Thu, Aug 19, 2010 at 8:43 AM

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It may be pushing it to call the three fried-fish restaurants owned by local restaurateurs Dewayne and Lisa Acklin castles. After all, the Raytown location was formerly a fast-food burger joint. But the three humble-looking Couzins Catfish Castle venues have been raking in pretty impressive loot.

The problem for the Acklins is that they attempted to hide some of those earnings from the Internal Revenue Service. It turns out that wasn't such a good idea.

This week the office of the United State Attorney, District of Kansas announced that the Acklins -- who had pleaded guilty to charges of filing false federal tax returns last March -- were sentenced to five years' probation and 500 hours of community service. The couple was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $106,953.

The charges stem from tax returns filed in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006. The indictment stated that in 2006, for example, the Acklins reported gross business receipts of $193,785 when the actual gross receipts were $1.1 million.

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