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Hastings man charged with multiple tax crimes

Hastings man charged with multiple tax crimes Photo: KSTP

Updated: August 05, 2019 04:23 PM

A Hastings man has been charged with three felony counts of tax crimes, the Minnesota Department of Revenue announced Monday.

The department said Jeffrey S. McKenzie was charged with knowingly aiding in the preparation of tax returns that were fraudulent or false. McKenzie co-owns 61 Marine & Sports, Inc., in Cottage Grove.

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The complaint states that McKenzie was in charge of providing the monthly sales tax collection information to the business accountant who filed the sales tax returns on their behalf, and knowingly underreported monthly taxable sales for the business.

It also states that seized ledgers and financial documents show sales information for the business didn't match the company's monthly sales tax filing for multiple periods from January 2013 through September 2018.

The department said McKenzie allegedly defrauded the state of about $3.2 million in tax, penalty and interest.

Each charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison, a $10,000 fine or both.

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