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Former Operator of Municipal Golf Courses Sentenced for Tax Conspiracy and Filing False Tax Returns

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Former Operator of Municipal Golf Courses Sentenced for Tax Conspiracy and Filing False Tax Returns

A former Massachusetts golf course manager has been sentenced to 13 months in prison for conspiring to defraud the United States, filing false tax returns, and making a false statement to a financial institution. Kevin Kennedy, the former operator of two municipal golf courses owned by the city of Springfield, conspired with a luxury home builder to evade taxes on the income he received from his management of the golf courses.

Conspiring to Evade Taxes

According to court documents and evidence presented at trial, Kennedy worked with a luxury home builder in western Massachusetts to avoid paying taxes on the money he received from the golf courses. The home builder constructed custom homes for Kennedy in East Longmeadow and on Cape Cod. Kennedy paid for a significant portion of these homes in cash, using the income he received from the golf courses.

To further deceive the authorities, Kennedy and the home builder created two contracts for the East Longmeadow home. One contract reflected the actual purchase price, while the other contract listed a deflated purchase price, which was $160,000 lower. This deflated contract was submitted to a bank to secure a mortgage for the home, providing false information about the actual purchase price.

Filing False Tax Returns

Prior to trial, Kennedy pleaded guilty to filing false individual income tax returns. From 2009 to 2014, Kennedy intentionally failed to report all the cash and checks he received from managing the golf courses. In total, he underreported his income by over $1 million, resulting in a tax loss exceeding $300,000 to the IRS.

As part of his sentence, U.S. District Judge Mark G. Mastroianni ordered Kennedy to serve 13 months in prison and three years of supervised release. The amount of restitution will be determined at a later date.

Conclusion

This case highlights the serious consequences of tax evasion and filing false tax returns. Kevin Kennedy, the former operator of two municipal golf courses, conspired to defraud the United States and intentionally underreported his income, causing a significant loss to the IRS. The sentence imposed by the court serves as a reminder that individuals who engage in such illegal activities will be held accountable for their actions.

The IRS Criminal Investigation unit, along with the Justice Department’s Tax Division and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts, worked diligently to investigate and prosecute this case. Their efforts demonstrate the commitment to upholding the integrity of the tax system and ensuring that individuals fulfill their tax obligations.

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