Casper businessman Sonny Pilcher enters plea deal on federal tax charges

2014-06-11T08:00:00Z Casper businessman Sonny Pilcher enters plea deal on federal tax chargesBy LILLIAN SCHROCK Casper Star-Tribune The Billings Gazette

A Casper businessman is entering into a plea deal on a federal charge related to faulty tax filing, attorneys on the case said Tuesday.

Sonny Pilcher will enter a guilty plea in connection to a tax-related federal charge next week, said lead council Nathan Hochman of Bingham McCutchen law firm. John Kuker with the Kuker Group in Cheyenne is acting as local council on the case.

“In resolving that case, Mr. Pilcher will be accepting full responsibility for his actions and mistakes he made in connection with his tax returns,” Hochman said.

Pilcher owns Stampede Bar, Elevation Sports Bar and Racks Gentlemen’s Club.

The charges became public June 2. Other tax-related charges against Pilcher are being dismissed.

Hochman said it’s rare for someone to enter a plea agreement so early in a case.

“He the kind of person who if he makes a mistake he stands up and admits to making a mistake,” Hochman said. “It’s all about Mr. Pilcher cooperating with the government’s investigation.”

Pilcher’s case is considered criminal, meaning he was aware that he made a mistake on his tax return. A case is civil if the defendant is unaware they made a mistake.

Hochman said he is unsure what punishment Pilcher will face for the offense.

“We believe that the evidence at sentencing will overwhelmingly show that Mr. Pilcher is a good person who made a mistake on his tax returns,” Hochman said.

Phone calls to attorneys at the Department of Justice Tax Division were not returned Tuesday.

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