Former Dental Practice Owner Pleads Guilty to Tax Fraud

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Gary James Hedin, former owner of Downtown Dental Care in Duluth, Minnesota, has pleaded guilty for failing to account for and pay over employment taxes to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Charged on September 30, 2019, Hedin entered his guilty plea on October 22, 2019, before Judge Patrick J. Schiltz in US District Court in Minneapolis. He is scheduled to be sentenced on February 20, 2020.

According to the plea and documents filed in court, Hedin failed to file required tax returns and pay employment taxes withheld from the wages of his employees for tax years 2012 through 2017. He instead used the money to fund a lavish lifestyle including vacations, adult entertainment, memberships in private social clubs, and jewelry. He admitted that he owes $158,958 in unpaid taxes to the IRS for the relevant tax years.

The case is the result of an investigation conducted by the Criminal Investigation Division of the IRS. Assistant United States Attorney Michelle E. Jones is prosecuting the case.

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