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Jimmy Tebeau: Camp Zoe Owner Charged with Tax Evasion

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Add tax evasion to the list of legal maneuverings Missouri and federal officials are using against musician Jimmy Tebeau and his Camp Zoe festival site.

In November state and federal authorities filed a complaint to seize the 350-acre property, located about 150 miles southwest of St. Louis, on charges that the Tebeau and other organizers condoned the sale and use of drugs at the rural campsite.

Although Tebeau had not officially been charged with any crime at the time of that filing, federal law allows property believed to be connected to drug deals to be seized -- regardless of how fair or "fundamentally unfair" (as Tebeau's attorney put it) the process.

Now, as it turns out, Tebeau has finally been charged with a crime. But it's not for anything to do with drugs. Rather, it seems that authorities are mounting the old Al Capone strategy that says: "If you can't catch them in the act, drum up a tax complaint against them."

Last month the state's Department of Revenue charged Tebeau, 43, with six counts of felony tax evasion that, according to reports, accuses him of failing to file sales tax returns or pay sales tax owed to the state in July, September and October of this year.

On December 21, Tebeau pleaded not guilty to the charges. A hearing on the case is scheduled for February 1. Daily RFT has a call out with Tebeau's attorney on the matter, David Neal. More info when we hear back from him.

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boogiemann1
boogiemann1

I would like to see those responsible for perverting the law charged with civil rights violations. Give these a-holes a long sentence for their heavy handed tactics and a lot of this bull#*it would stop!

Mntvernon
Mntvernon

Thanks Chad, for keeping the public informed about this attack on property rights and perversion of law enforcement application.Has anyone checked the local DEA office for Bin Laden? He'd feel right at home there.

L
L

Thank you SO MUCH for covering the Camp Zoe case. And now, Tebeau's case. I can't believe they're attempting such trumped up charges. I hope the local communities are speaking out about this. People travel from states away to come to Camp Zoe events- there is nowhere as beautiful.I guess we can say "goodbye" to that.

Soon, there will be nothing left but Verizon Wireless Amphitheaters and Capitol One Stadiums left to go to. That's exactly what they want.

Bill Hannegan
Bill Hannegan

Thanks for keeping up with this. The Post initially covered the story, but nothing since.

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