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Newport man facing felony tax charges

The Minnesota Department of Revenue has announced the Washington County Attorney's Office has charged Dean Brian Carter, 31, formerly of Newport, with six felony tax crimes. Carter is charged with four counts of failing to file taxes and two counts of failing to pay taxes.

According to the complaint, Carter operated the business Absolute Concrete and Masonry in the Newport and Stillwater areas. It also states Carter told one of his clients to make out a check to him personally when it should have been written to the business. The department also discovered that Absolute Concrete and Masonry was not registered with the Department as required by law.

The complaint states that Carter claimed he wasn't making much money and did not think he had to file taxes. Carter allegedly told the department he did not believe in taxes being used for stadiums and did not need to pay taxes to have streets maintained, because he owns a four-wheel drive truck.

The investigation also uncovered that Carter has allegedly failed to file income taxes since 1995. According to the complaint, Carter owes the state more than $12,000.

Each felony count is punishable by a maximum of five years in prison, up to a $10,000 fine or both.