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Prosecutors say foundation 'promoting the Kingdom of God' used by Ozark man to avoid taxes


SPRINGFIELD, Missouri — A southwest Missouri man has pleaded guilty to federal charges accusing him of trying to avoid paying more than half a million dollars in federal taxes.

The Springfield News-Leader reports (http://sgfnow.co/1fbJtED ) that Wesley Delport, was the owner of Abundant Health & Wellness, a holistic health clinic in Springfield.

Federal prosecutors say Delport admitted that he also created a foundation in 2001 "to do whatever will promote the Kingdom Of God" and transferred nearly $400,000 from his business accounts to foundation accounts.

Prosecutors say he then used those funds to pay personal expenses without reporting that money as income so he could avoid paying $585,000 in federal taxes.

Delport, who pleaded guilty Thursday, faces up to five years in prison and a fine up to $250,000

Information from: Springfield News-Leader, http://www.news-leader.com

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