Lewes photographer indicted on federal tax evasion charges

WILMINGTON — A prominent professional photographer in Lewes was indicted on federal charges involving alleged tax evasion from 2012 to 2016, government authorities said Tuesday.

Bruce Kevin Fleming allegedly failed to pay taxes on corporate funds and instead used them for personal expenses, David C. Weiss, U.S. Attorney for the District of Delaware, said in a news release. The claims were detailed in a 16-page indictment.

Attempts to reach Mr. Fleming for comment Wednesday was not immediately successful. An initial court appearance is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Nov. 14.

Mr. Fleming operated a photo gallery through Kevin Fleming Inc., and the indictment stated that he supposedly failed to pay $22,584 in employee tax deductions to the Internal Revenue Service.

Each offense could bring a maximum of five years incarceration, a $250,000 fine and restitution for unpaid taxes, the U.S. Attorney said.

The news release noted “The charges in the Indictment are only allegations. The defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.”

The IRS-Criminal Investigation unit interviewed Mr. Fleming on Dec. 11, 2017, according to the indictment “and when asked about Portfolio Books, Inc., admitted to setting up the corporation but falsely stated it was not a real entity because it had no employees, assets, or bank accounts.”

Assistant U.S. Attorney Edmond Falgowski is prosecuting the case.
According to the indictment, Mr. Fleming failed to file income tax returns on earnings of at least $248,348 (2013), $279,774 (2014), $299,639 (2015) and $248,593 (2016).

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