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Indictment: Ex-National Geographic Photographer Set up Publishing Company to Cover Personal Expenses

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REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. - Ex-National Geographic Photographer Kevin Fleming admits to creating a publishing company to pay for personal expenses in a federal indictment accusing him of tax evasion.  

A few years ago, Fleming was on WBOC's Delmarva Life. During that interview he said he saw more success from his books than his photos for National Geographic. 

"I can tell you that in all those years, a decade at National Geographic, I had many, many more comments on a daily basis from my stuff in the News Journal and now in my books than I ever got from National Geographic with so many people seeing it," said Fleming. 

Fleming's popular table top picture books were published by Portfolio Books, Inc. The federal indictment, announced Wednesday, states Fleming admitted to setting up the corporation, but falsely stated "it was not a real entity because it had no employees, assets or bank accounts."

The indictment further accuses Fleming of "diverting Portfolio Book's funds to pay for his personal expenses."

According to the indictment, Fleming evaded income tax from January 2012 to December 2017. It says he also failed to pay $22,584 to the Internal Revenue Service between March 2016 and September 2017 after deducting the taxes from the wages of employees at his photo gallery in Lewes.

The statement says that each of Fleming's five charges of tax evasion is punishable by up to five years' incarceration, a $250,000 fine and restitution for unpaid taxes.
 
Fleming has been summoned to appear in U.S. District Court in Wilmington on Thursday, Nov. 14 at 1 p.m. 
 

 

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