Long-term political advisor David Barklage pleaded guilty to a Tax burden for criminal offenses on his personal income on Wednesday and pledged to pay nearly $ 152,000 in unpaid taxes.
According to the April indictment, Barklage failed to report revenue of $ 443,633 between 2012 and 2014. On that income, he owed $ 151,843 in taxes, the indictment said.
“I take full responsibility for my actions and intend to make a full refund,” Barklage said in a statement. “I am deeply grateful for the support from my family and friends, and I apologize for the embarrassment my personal tax problems have caused them. I am relieved to turn to solving my personal tax matter. “
Barklage was represented by Wampler & Passanise in the event of. The team said they were hoping for a suspended sentence based on their plea.
“The federal condemnation guidelines are advisory,” the company said. “We intend to ask the court to impose a suspended sentence which, in our opinion, is warranted by Mr Barklage’s assumption of responsibility and his payment of full reparation.”
The problem at hand arose from his personal tax returns – not from his business activities. During the period covered by the indictment, Barklage was the full owner of The Barklage Company and had a 50 percent interest in another consulting firm. He allegedly failed to report $ 111,500; $ 64,464; and $ 33,535 for working on a political campaign from 2012-2014.
In addition, according to the indictment, Barklage did not report $ 30,000 for lobbying and $ 122,580 from an independent media producer during that period.
“It is significant that the settlement on the case does not prohibit Mr. Barklage from arguing for a downward deviation from the range of judgment guidelines,” said a former DOJ attorney who refused to be named. “Given that Mr Barklage has no previous convictions, that he has assumed responsibility by pleading guilty and assuming that he is making full reparation, I think it is very likely that the judge will give him a suspended sentence. ”
A longtime campaign advisor, Barklage has served on several major Republican bids in Missouri over the course of his career.
The case was brought before the US District Court in the Eastern District of Missouri. negotiated in St. Louis. The sentencing of Barklage is scheduled for December 2nd.
Cameron Gerber studied journalism at Lincoln University. Prior to Lincoln, he earned an associate degree from State Fair Community College. Cameron is from Eldon, Missouri.
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