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9:47 am
Tue November 17, 2009

Tax Fraud

Tulsa, OK – Okla. preacher, Ark. lawyer convicted in tax case

TULSA, Okla. (AP) An Oklahoma preacher and an Arkansas lawyer accused of conspiring to conceal the preacher's income from tax authorities have been convicted in federal court.

Lindsey Springer of Kellyville, Okla., and Oscar Stilley of Fort Smith, Ark., were charged in a March 10 indictment in U.S. District Court in Tulsa with conspiring to defraud the United States. Their convictions were announced Monday by the U.S. attorney's office.

Federal prosecutors say Springer deposited hundreds of thousands of dollars into a trust fund set up by Stilley to hold money for his legal clients.

The indictment says hundreds of thousands of dollars was deposited into the fund by Springer in an effort to conceal his income. According to the indictment, Springer used the name Bondage Breakers Ministry to solicit and receive money.

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Information from: Tulsa World, http://www.tulsaworld.com