LAKE CHARLES — The U.S. government is suing two Louisiana residents and a Texas woman, alleging they owe nearly $353,000 in unpaid federal taxes.

The United States of America filed a lawsuit Aug. 15 in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana Lake Charles Division against Bruce C. Kees, Chester Arthur Cormier of Louisiana and Brenda Sue Cormier of Kilgore Texas, alleging Kees breached his duty to file federal income tax returns.

According to the complaint, the government has suffered monetary damages for not collecting tax payments of $352,911.71. The plaintiff alleges Kees, of 1601 Highway 109 South in Vinton, has not filed valid federal income tax returns for tax years 2003 through 2008, 2010 and 2012 and failed to pay the amounts assessed against him.

The U.S. seeks trial by jury, a court order that Kees is indebted to the government for his unpaid federal income tax liabilities of $352,911.71 as of June 30, 2016, plus interest, a court order and a decree that the government has valid federal tax liens to and upon all property and rights to property of Kees, court costs and all other relief the court deems appropriate. The government is represented by Stephanie A. Finley, Cristina Walker and Caroline A. Ciraolo from the Office of the U. S. Attorney in Shreveport and Robert E. Dozier of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C.

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana Lake Charles Division Case number 2:16-cv-01180

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