ST. LOUIS (KFVS) - A Jackson, Missouri business owner has pleaded guilty to filing false tax returns and lying to federal investigators.
Brooks Moore, 51, owner of Moore Mechanical Contracting, has pleaded guilty to charges of under reporting business income for tax years 2009 and 2010 and making false statements to a federal agent during the investigation of these returns.
According to court documents, Moore under reported income of $234,396 for tax year 2009 and $101,653 for tax year 2010, reducing his federal tax liability by $64,108 and $19,776 for the respective tax years.
Moore also admitted to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 2014 during a related investigation.
"To protect the integrity of our nation's tax system, honest taxpayers need to be reassured that everyone is paying their fair share," said Andrew M. Thornton, Acting Special Agent in Charge of IRS Criminal Investigation.
"We all pay when others swindle the government."
Moore pleaded guilty to two felony counts of filing false tax returns and one felony count of making false statements to a federal agency.
He appeared for his plea Tuesday, October 13 in St. Louis.
Sentencing has been set for January 13, 2016.
Each count carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and/or fines up to $250,000.
This case was investigated by Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General and Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Assistant United States Attorney Dorothy McMurtry is handling the case for the U.S. Attorney's Office.