January 10, 2014

The Iowa Department of Revenue filed this week a $656,000 lien against the owner of Kelly Coin Machine Co., who pleaded guilty to tax evasion last year.

Dan Michael Goins, 61, of Carroll, avoided a formal felony conviction and prison time in September when a judge granted him a deferred judgment for the crime. He initially faced five felonies for tax fraud for falsifying sales-tax reports between 2006 and 2009 that concealed $4.8 million worth of sales from his coin-operated-games business, according to court records.

The unpaid taxes that the state seeks is about double the amount that investigators claimed Goins didn't pay as a result of the falsified reports. The reason for the disparity wasn't immediately clear.

Goins said he was not aware of the lien - which was filed with the county recorder's office on Tuesday - before the Daily Times Herald contacted him for comment this morning. He wasn't sure how it would affect his business.

"I guess I'm going to have to talk to my lawyer," he said.

In general, state tax liens prevent people from selling real estate or other personal property without paying the lien amount.

"This has been going on now since July 2009," Goins said at his sentencing hearing in September. "I'm ready to proceed and get this weight off my shoulders. I've embarrassed my family and the company. ... I'm sorry."

Goins had faced a maximum punishment of 35 years in prison if convicted of all the charges he faced before he struck a plea deal with state prosecutors. He will not be formally convicted if he abides the terms of his probation for three years.