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Dentist, 2 others OK tax-debts plea deal

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A retired Richfield dentist, his son and his daughter-in-law reached a plea agreement with federal prosecutors Wednesday on charges they used worthless checks to pay tax debts.

Leonard Shyrl Brown, Kevin Leonard Brown and Jodilyn Brown were indicted in November. The government said the family had significant income and federal employment tax liability, and that in 1995 they presented worthless checks in an attempt to pay off the debt and obtain additional money as refunds from the government.

Leonard Shyrl Brown agreed to a possible 30-month prison sentence. Kevin Brown agreed to a five-month sentence. Jodilyn Brown will be sentenced only to home confinement.

Leonard Shyrl and Kevin Brown allegedly traveled to a ranch in eastern Montana where they met LeRoy Schweitzer, a leader of the Montana Freeman, who is now serving a federal prison sentence for conspiring against the nation's banking system.

Two of the worthless checks — one for $2,979,546.92, the other for $72,921.18 — were presented to the Internal Revenue Service in Salt Lake City. The indictment also alleged checks were given to the U.S. attorney in Utah, the Utah State Tax Commission, Zions Bank, Mountain America Credit Union and General Motors Acceptance Corp.

The elder Brown was a practicing dentist in Richfield for more than 20 years, according to court documents. His son worked in a bakery in the Richfield area, and his daughter-in-law owned a women's clothing store from 1993 to 1995.

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