Construction Company Partner Evaded Taxes of More Than $1 Million

Construction Company Partner Evaded Taxes of More Than $1 Million

Patrick Shawn Kelley, 54, of Panama City Beach, has pled guilty to two counts of tax evasion.

Between 2009 and 2011, Kelley was a partner in American Construction Logistics and Services (ACLS), a construction company that performed work for the U.S. Government in Afghanistan.  During his guilty plea on October 14, Kelley admitted that he failed to file tax returns for the 2009, 2010, and 2011 tax years on income consisting of $1,167,025.32 in wages, ACLS funds used for personal expenditures, and cash wired to Kelley’s wife from ACLS employees.  In total, Kelley never paid the IRS $210,397 in taxes due and owing for the unreported income.

During the years 2010 and 2011, in an effort to conceal his income from the IRS, and without the knowledge or consent of his business partners, Kelley made significant personal expenditures directly from the ACLS bank account.  The expenditures included $320,550 for the purchase of his personal residence in Panama City Beach; $156,000 for an ownership interest in a motorcycle shop; $44,000 for the purchase of a boat; $10,393 for the purchase of a Jeep Wrangler; and a $9,500 loan to a friend.  Kelley also diverted funds totaling $353,520.37 from the ACLS corporate bank account to his personal bank accounts, and directed Afghan employees to wire cash to his wife.

For each count of tax evasion, Kelley faces a maximum of five years in prison, a total fine of $250,000, and an order of restitution.  Sentencing is scheduled for January 13, 2017, at 2:00 p.m., at the United States Courthouse in Panama City.

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