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Rockford chiropractor pleads guilty to federal tax evasion


The owner of the Cevene Care Clinic pleaded guilty to federal income tax evasion on Friday, December 21.

According to the plea agreement, 42-year-old Todd R. Cevene owned or controlled the clinic, Cevene Management Group, Inc., Cevene Enterprises, LLC, and Todd Cevene Alaska Asset Preservation Trust.

In the agreement, Cevene admitted to intentionally evading payment of federal income taxes by transferring income from Cevene Care Clinic to Cevene Management Group, Todd Cevene Alaska Asset Preservation Trust, and Cevene Enterprises in 2004. The agreement states he then used a large sum of that money to pay personal expenses with the knowledge that those payments would be improperly used as business expense deductions on entities' federal income tax returns and that he would not claim the money as personal income.

Cevene also admitted in the agreement to causing much of those transferred funds to be transferred directly to him and all of those distributions were not included as income on his personal federal income tax returns.

The agreement states Cevene admitted his intent with the transfer of those funds to minimize the discovery of his tax evasion attempts. He also said he often made more than one transfer between the entities to avoid discovery.

Cevene admitted to owing a large amount of income tax for 2004 that he did not report or pay accurately. He also admitted to similar acts of tax evasion for 2005, 2006, and 2007 and the total underpayment of federal income tax from those actions added up to $91,568.

He was charged December 14, 2012. If convicted, Cevene faces up to five years in prison, up to three years of supervised release after imprisonment, a fine of up to $250,000, and the costs of prosecution up to $500.

Cevene is scheduled to be sentenced on April 2, 2013.


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