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ASSISTANT U.S. ATTORNEY SAYS ADDITIONAL FEDERAL TAX CHARGES FILED AGAINST NOVUS WINDSHIELD REPAIR OPERATORS

ASSISTANT U.S. ATTORNEY SAYS ADDITIONAL FEDERAL TAX CHARGES FILED
 AGAINST NOVUS WINDSHIELD REPAIR OPERATORS
 SEATTLE, June 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Mike McKay, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Washington, and James A. Bruton, Assistant Attorney General of the Tax Division, U.S. Department of Justice, announced today that additional charges were filed against William A. Batley and Jane E. Batley, franchise owners of Novus Windshield Repair Co. Both were each charged in a criminal Superseding Information with seven counts of wilfully failing to file their Federal Income Tax Returns from 1985 through 1991, inclusive. The Information also alleges that, during these tax years, the Batleys earned a combined gross income, before expenses, in excess of $11 million.
 Original charges were filed against the Batleys on April 15, alleging that they wilfully failed to file tax returns for 1985 through 1988. U.S. Magistrate Judge Philip K. Sweigert arraigned the Batleys on Thursday, April 30. All parties have jointly agreed to a trial date of Dec. 1.
 As alleged in the Superseding Information, since the 1980s, the Batleys have operated several Novus Inc. franchises known as Novus Windshield Repair Co. in the Seattle area and elsewhere. Novus Inc. is a Minneapolis-based company which markets a specialized windshield repair method involving the infusion of clear plastic between layers of damaged windshield to effect the repair.
 Besides the Batleys, other licensors own and operate Novus Inc. franchises throughout the Northwest. These criminal allegations concern only the Batleys in their personal capacity. Neither the parent company in Minnesota, including its officers and employees, nor any other Novus Windshield franchise operators are being investigated or are being charged in the criminal Superseding Information.
 If convicted, the Batleys each face a maximum sentence of seven years imprisonment, $700,000 in fines, plus the costs of prosecution. The Superseding Information is a part of the Justice Department's non- filer initiative, a joint effort with the Internal Revenue Service concentrating on non-filers nationwide. Special agents of the Criminal Investigation Division of the Internal Revenue Service in Seattle investigated this case.
 An Information is merely an accusation that the persons charged have committed a crime. A defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
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 /CONTACT: Kenneth R. Parker, Assistant U.S. Attorney, 206-553-7970; or Susan L. Barnes, First Assistant U.S. Attorney, 206-553-4149/ CO: U.S. Attorney's Office; U.S. Department of Justice; Novus
 Windshield Repair Co. ST: Washington IN: SU:


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