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Former NatGeo photographer gets 1 year for tax evasion

October 27, 2021 GMT

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A former National Geographic photographer has been sentenced to one year in federal prison for tax evasion and ordered to pay more than $200,000 to the IRS, the Office of the U.S. Attorney for Delaware announced.

When Bruce Kevin Fleming, 67, of Milton pleaded guilty to one count of tax evasion last year, he had not filed federal income tax returns or paid any such taxes since 1981, prosecutors said Tuesday in a news release.

Fleming’s sentence includes $192,529 restitution to the IRS for income taxes due from 2002 to 2016, prosecutors said. Fleming was also ordered to make restitution to the IRS for $22,584 in payroll taxes withheld from employees’ wages in 2016 and 2017, but never turned over to the IRS.

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Prosecutors had agreed to drop 15 other counts in an indictment charging Fleming with failing to file income tax returns from 2012 to 2016, failing to pay federal taxes withheld from employees of his Lewes photo gallery, and diverting funds from a corporation he set up to pay for personal expenses.

Fleming previously worked as a staff photographer for the News Journal in Wilmington and National Geographic. He has published more than 20 photography books.