Camp Zoe Owner Jimmy Tebeau Charged with Tax Evasion

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Jimmy Tebeau
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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John Oliver
John Oliver

i'll take a guess at this one, but there was likely a time when jimmy's revenue was better than it has been recently and he was paying his taxes and the added tourism to the area were a bonus to many local shops and stores (gas, quick marts, fast food, etc).   with money coming into the area and the local community, law enforcement probably looked the other way and tolerated the young hippies that were coming to their bible belt conservative county.    however, with waning revenues and attendance, the profit to the local community just wasn't there any more and someone decided his presence in their county just is not worth the trouble of having him there, and hence, here come the cops.well, this is just merely a theory, but it seems this is how the world operates.   its not right or wrong but its how things often get done.   i wish the best for jimmy.

Jeff Chance
Jeff Chance

I had the privilege to work a few Schwagstocks (monitors, stage crew) and never could see how Jimmy was making money in the 1st place.  Here's a guy that has to maintain a 375 acre campground business year-round (yes, even in the winter property tax has to be paid, frozen pipes have to be fixed, etc), and has only 10 days a year or so to to pay for the whole year, yet had a staff that was there and had to be housed and fed part of the spring, all summer, and part of the fall.   Show days were SO hectic I can't see how any staff member had the time or the right to go looking for "drug deals".  The campground was never profitable without the shows. The shows themselves were so costly they barely paid for themselves.  I want to say I think Jimmy is probably relieved he doesn't have to play the role as the big concert hall owner and can go back to being the fine musician and local jam-scene supporter he has always been.  With the exception of all these trumped-up charges.  But I'm not Jimmy so I don't really know.  All I can do is support his band when I'm in town and pray the Govt. lets him out of their grip so he can be the the everyman hero I've come to admire.

Tune in, drop out.
Tune in, drop out.

Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave,O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

Not in my yard it don't...

Johnsnakersdon
Johnsnakersdon

Disgusting, every where you look now there are power grabs and attacks on freewill by the Govt.

steve
steve

Wow. Dirty, dirty, dirty. C'mon guys! If you don't have a case, you don't have a case. That's just shameful, and I'm livid that you are wasting MY tax dollars and YOUR time to bring a guy down just to prove a point. Quit it. I have family and friends employed in just about every phase of law enforcement, including drug taskforces, and I believe every one of them would acknowledge that this is dirty. It's interesting to me how investigators are often shadier than the people they investigate. Many times it boils down to inflated (or deflated) egos. I think it's time to move onto something that's actually going to make a difference, like catching sex offenders. How bout that, fellas? Oh, or maybe just indicting people on some REAL charges when you want their assets (to blow on more wild goose chases).

I hate Joe G.
I hate Joe G.

it is a shame people like JOE GRASSO was nice to his face, and stole all his money,.

Jimmy
Jimmy

I hate JOE GRASSO more! Smile to your face, stab you in the back.Every time.

James Darmes
James Darmes

Dude is an absolute loser and mediocre musician, not to mention a shady as hell business man.

Chewyntx
Chewyntx

hey james go suck a BIG ONE the dude as you call him is only makin a lil money just as anyone would do and a lot of people of all age's and race seem not to have a problem with it so why do u??? have you ever been to camp zoe ???? i have and it was worth every cent i payed to enter the gate!!!!!! the law man is tryin to take his land from him so us people that do enjoy these festivals can't i bet if this happin to u, u would have a different view on so like i said go suck sumthing

Jimmy
Jimmy

Money? Jimmy Tebeau made money? That is news to me. JOE GRASSO and JOE GRASSO'S Accountant took all the money.

wes
wes

oh you know him james?i do. i dont think you need to be talking like that unless you can back it up. psi bet you suck on bass. dont be mad.

SMDrPepper
SMDrPepper

I trust the State of Misouri with tax issues as far as I can throw them. They are after me because in 2005 I sold my condo..in Florida...while I still LIVED in Florida. But, they figure I lived for three months in St Louis, they are entitled to it. I know they are cash strapped but isnt this kind of criminal?

Jeff Wiegand
Jeff Wiegand

of THIS year??? lol

They TOOK ALL HIS MONEY!

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