Trial delayed for Duluth man who wrongly spent $800K tax refundThe trial for Kevin Charles Owens, 53, accused of stealing nearly $800,000 erroneously sent to him by the Minnesota Department of Revenue, has been postponed once again.
By: Tom Olsen, Duluth News Tribune
The trial for a Duluth businessman accused of stealing nearly $800,000 erroneously sent to him by the Minnesota Department of Revenue has been postponed once again.
A trial for Kevin Charles Owens, 53, was set to begin Tuesday before Judge John DeSanto. However, due to a heavy court schedule, the trial has been rescheduled for April 22 before Judge Mark Munger.
Owens is charged with two counts of theft and one count each of failure to pay income tax and failure to file a tax return. When he was charged in September 2010, Owens was the owner of Owens Yacht Sales at 371 Canal Park Drive.
Prosecutors allege that Owens spent $782,962.18 mistakenly sent to him in two checks as a tax refund. When the Revenue Department attempted to retrieve the money, Owens allegedly told an employee that he had been hassled enough by the department and intended to keep the money.
The case has seen significant delays due to several factors, including prosecutors filing amended charges, a change of defense attorneys and the complicated, document-intensive nature of the trial. According to court records, the trial was previously scheduled to begin in August 2012, January 2013 and May 2013.