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Sullivan County man arrested for tax evasion, forgery, theft

Staff Report • Jan 16, 2020 at 12:00 PM

NEWPORT – A Sullivan County resident has been arrested for tax evasion, forgery and theft, according to a Thursday morning news release from the Tennessee Department of Revenue.

The department’s special investigations section conducted the investigation that led to the indictment and arrest of Edwin Gerald Kilgore. Revenue agents arrested Kilgore Wednesday at his residence, and bond was set at $5,000.

Last week, a Sullivan County Grand Jury indicted Kilgore on two counts of tax evasion and forgery, and one count of theft. The indictments allege Kilgore falsified information on the form for titling his motor home with the Sullivan County Clerk’s Office. He also failed to pay sales tax due on the registration to the state, the news release states.

“The Department of Revenue promotes voluntary taxpayer compliance by educating taxpayers, aggressively pursuing criminal sanctions and demanding accountability when taxpayers engage in fraudulent activity,” Revenue Commissioner David Gerregano said in the news release. “This indictment underscores the Department’s ongoing efforts to enforce Tennessee's tax laws.”

The department is pursuing this criminal case in cooperation with the office of District Attorney Barry Staubus. Citizens who suspect violations of Tennessee's revenue laws should call the toll-free tax fraud hot line at (800) FRAUDTX (372-8389).

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