Author Dale Brown Guilty of Tax Fraud
Apr. 22, 2004
RENO, Nev. (AP) _ In a career of writing military thrillers, author Dale Brown has thrust his characters into a variety of crises, but he blames himself for the plot twist in his own life that could put him behind bars for tax evasion.
``I take full and complete responsibility for everything I've done and I'm doing everything I can to make it right,'' Brown said Wednesday.
``I paid back all the money that I owe including interest and penalties. I cooperated with the government from day one and I'm continuing to cooperate with them,'' he said in an interview with KOH radio in Reno.
Brown, 47, who lives at Incline Village, has written best sellers including ``Flight of the Old Dog,'' ``Fatal Terrain'' and ``Warrior Class.''
He pleaded guilty Monday to tax fraud in Portland, Ore., and will be sentenced there Aug. 9. He faces up to three years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
``If there's any other deterrent about whether or not you want to get involved with this, step into a federal court and watch those proceedings. It is not fun and I get to go through it again in August.''
The IRS said Brown created companies in the West Indies for the purpose of receiving tax deductions for fictitious expenses amounting to more than $440,000 claimed on his 1998 income tax return, which he then used to remodel his home.