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Special Investigations News Release

For Immediate Release: Nov. 21, 2012

Former Kubota Manager Sentenced to Thirty Days for Sales Tax Evasion Charges

Murfreesboro, Tenn. - On November 21, 2012, Judge David Bragg, Rutherford County Circuit Court, accepted Irvie W. Loudermilk, Jr.'s nolo contendere plea for three counts of sales tax evasion. Loudermilk is the former manager of Murfreesboro Kubota. Judge Bragg sentenced Loudermilk to thirty days in jail and ordered payment of $16,254.07 in restitution to the state of Tennessee. Judge Bragg added four years to Loudermilk's existing probation for previous unrelated charges.

"The Department of Revenue promotes voluntary taxpayer compliance by educating taxpayers, aggressively pursuing criminal sanctions and demanding accountability when taxpayers engage in fraudulent activity," said Revenue Commissioner Richard H. Roberts. "This plea and subsequent sentencing underscores the department's ongoing efforts to enforce Tennessee's tax laws."

Commissioner Roberts expressed his appreciation for the excellent cooperation the department has enjoyed with District Attorney General William Whitesell's office. Citizens who suspect violations of Tennessee's revenue laws should call the toll-free tax fraud hot line at (800) FRAUDTX (372-8389).

In addition to collecting state taxes, $2.0 billion of local sales and business taxes were collected by the department for local governments during the 2010-2011 fiscal year. Besides collecting taxes, the department enforces the revenue laws fairly and impartially in an effort to encourage voluntary taxpayer compliance. The department also apportions revenue collections for distribution to the various state funds and local units of government. To learn more about the department, log on to www.TN.gov/revenue.

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