The law has caught up with one notorious “outlaw country” music legend.
Announced Monday, Sept. 14, the 76-year-old could reportedly face up to three years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000.
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According to reports, Coe played around 100 concerts between 2008 and 2013, but did not pay taxes on the income from the shows. Reportedly, when Coe did decide to file taxes, he still wouldn’t pay the amount owed. The artist owes taxes from more than 20 years ago.
Reports allege Coe paid off other debts, accumulated through gambling, instead of his taxes.
Apparently Coe thought he had a knack for avoiding his taxes, by insisting venues pay in full prior to the show. In 2009, after receiving word the IRS was looking into him, Coe would insist on being paid in cash. However, he refused to be paid in $50 bills because he believed it to be bad luck in gambling.
With more than $350,000, reportedly, in back taxes, the actual amount Coe will have to pay will be determined at sentencing, which has not yet been scheduled.
Coe received popularity in the ’70s and ’80s with hits like “Mona Lisa Lost Her Smile”, “The Ride” and “You Never Even Called Me by My Name”.