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Russell County man found guilty of making false information, failing to pay vehicle property tax

Release Date: Sep 11, 2019

RUSSELL – (September 11, 2019) – A Luray man has been found guilty of making false information and failing to pay vehicle property tax, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.

John Andrew O’Leary, 59, pleaded no contest last week in Russell County District Court to one felony count of making false information and one misdemeanor count of failing to pay vehicle property tax. The case stemmed from an investigation by the Office of Special Investigations of the Kansas Department of Revenue, which revealed that O’Leary submitted a fraudulent application to the Department of Revenue’s Division of Motor Vehicles in January 2018. The false filing was to obtain a replacement title for his 2004 Toyota, which he purchased in July 2016 but then failed to register and pay vehicle property tax.

This is the 15th conviction resulting from an agreement announced in March 2018 between the Office of the Attorney General and the Department of Revenue. Under the agreement, the attorney general’s office, in cooperation with local prosecutors, assumed responsibility for the prosecution of cases of tax fraud and related crimes investigated by the department in efforts to strengthen the state’s enforcement efforts for these types of crimes.

District Judge Steve Johnson took the plea. Sentencing is scheduled for November 5 at 11:00 a.m.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Jon Noble of Schmidt’s office. 

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