Lexington couple get time for tax evasion
A Lexington man was sentenced to two years in prison and $233,472 in restitution to the IRA for tax evasion.
Richard Thornton Burks III, 57, was sentenced Friday for conspiring to defraud the United States and tax evasion. His wife, Norman Burks, was also sentenced to three years probation and six months of home detention for conspiracy.
According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, the Burkses conspired with each other to conceal $480,000 of Richard Burks' income through corporate and trust entities. He also had not paid $150,000 in prior tax assessments.
Richard Burks must serve 85 percent of his sentence, which will be followed by three years of supervised release.
Local man sentenced for gun possession
A Winchester man was sentenced to a year and a day for possessing a handgun as a convicted felon.
Charles Wesley Collins, 44, previously pleaded guilty to the charge in U.S. District Court in Lexington in April. He was charged with possessing a .25-caliber semiautomatic handgun in August or September 2006. He was previously convicted of burglary charges in Whitley County.