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Former Wichita health care owners plead guilty to tax charges

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Monday, June 25, 2012, at 2:14 p.m.

Former owners of a Wichita health care company have pleaded guilty to filing false tax returns, federal prosecutors said Monday.

Gerard Lessard, 68, and his wife, Betty Lessard, 73, both of Wichita, former owners of ProActive Health Care Inc., each pleaded guilty to one count of filing a false tax return, said U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom. In their pleas, they admitted that in October 2005 they filed a joint federal tax return for the year 2004 in which they failed to report additional income totaling $858,789.

The couple originally faced additional charges of filing false federal tax returns for 2002, 2003 and 2005, which underreported an additional $2.63 million. But those charges were dismissed, Grissom spokesman Jim Cross said.

Sentencing is set for Sept. 12. In a plea agreement, the prosecution will recommend Gerard Lessard be sentenced to six months of community confinement, followed by six months in home detention with electronic monitoring, followed by a year on supervised release. The agreement also will recommend Betty Lessard be sentenced to six months of either community confinement or home confinement, followed by a year on supervised release. The Lessards also agreed they will pay restitution of $692,415.

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