Outlaw country singer David Allan Coe could be facing prison time. According to SavingCountryMusic.com, Coe has plead guilty to one count of impeding and obstructing the due administration of the internal revenue laws.
The news was announced September 14, and the "You Never Even Called Me By My Name" singer could face up to three years in federal prison as well as a fine up to $250,000. Coe apparently failed to pay taxes on the money he earned when performing between 2008 and 2013. Although he did file taxes, he never paid what he actually owed. This goes back as far as 1993.
According to the U.S. Attorney Office's press release:
"When Coe did file his individual income tax returns with the IRS, he failed to pay the taxes due and owing. In addition, during this same time period, Coe also owed money to the IRS for prior years of taxes due and owing. Instead of paying his taxes in full, Coe spent the money earned from performing concerts on other debts and gambling."
SavingCountryMusic.com also states that Coe tried to bypass the IRS by having the venues pay his booking agent, and he in turn would wire the money to Coe's personal banking account. WCPO Cincinatti reports that Coe now owes $388,190.94 (2009), $35,640.10 (2011) and $42,733.82 (2013). He won't know the exact total until he is sentenced.
Coe hasn't lead an easy life. Born in Akron, Ohio, he was sent to reform school at the age of nine and was in and out of correctional facilities for the next twenty years. Once he left Ohio State Penitentiary, he moved straight to Nashville and began his music career.
It is unfortunate to see this happening to an outlaw country icon like David Allan Coe. He's contributed many classic hits to the genre, including "Tennessee Whiskey" and "Branded Man", as well as great renditions of songs like "Mama Tried". Take a look at one of our favorites and his signature song, "You Never Even Called Me By My Name".
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