Country Star Pleads Guilty to Tax Charges

By Andy Brownfield, Bizjournals.com

A Cincinnati-based country musician famous for “Mona Lisa Lost Her Smile” and “Take This Job and Shove It” pleaded guilty to obstructing the Internal Revenue Service, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Ohio announced Monday.

David Allan Coe pleaded guilty to one count of impeding and obstructing the due administration of the Internal Revenue laws. He faces a maximum of three years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

An attorney listed for Coe in court documents, Michael Stengel, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Ohio alleges that Coe willfully failed to pay income tax due when he filed his 2009, 2011 and 2013 income tax returns. The office claims he owes $388,190 for 2009, $35,640 for 2011 and $42,733 for 2013.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office alleges that Coe spent his concert earnings in those years gambling and on other debts instead of paying his taxes in full.

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