Minn. man arrested in case of erroneous tax refund

Published 9:53 pm Saturday, May 26, 2012

DULUTH — A Duluth yacht company owner has been arrested after being on the run since the fall of 2010 for allegedly spending almost $800,000 in erroneous tax refunds.

Law enforcement arrested 51-year-old Kevin Charles Owens Thursday night at a Goodhue County campground.

He had failed to show up for a court hearing a year and a half ago.

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Owens was charged in 2010 with theft, failure to pay over state funds, failure to pay income tax and failure to file a tax return.

A St. Louis County criminal complaint says the state Department of Revenue issued two refund checks totaling nearly $783,000 to Owens Yacht Sales in March 2008. Department officials say the checks were issued due to human error and internal accounting inaccuracies.