MINNEAPOLIS - The owners of a troubled Minneapolis nightclub have been charged with nearly two dozen tax crimes.
The Minnesota Department of Revenue announced that the Hennepin County Attorney's Office has charged James Shelly Beamon, 39, and Susan Kerry Beamon, 45, owners of Envy Nightclub, with eleven tax felonies each.
Prosecutors say the Beamons are each charged with three counts of filing fraudulent tax returns, three counts of failing to file sales tax returns and five counts of failing to remit sales tax.
A criminal complaint says the couple underreported sales between April and June 2012, allegedly underreporting sales by $240,000. As a result, revenue officials maintain the Beamons owe $33,000 in unpaid sales tax for those three months.
In addition, the last state income tax return filed by the couple was for tax year 2009.
The charges each carry a maximum penalty of up to five years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.
Envy has been on the city's radar screen since a rash of violence in the warehouse district in recent months. Envy and another nightclub were largely blamed for the fights, with allegations of liquor violations and serving underage patrons. Law enforcement staged a raid on the club in recent days, and confiscated boxes of financial records.
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