CHARLOTTE – Duane Hamelink, 68, of Mooresville, pleaded guilty on Wednesday, April 6, to conspiracy to defraud the IRS with a scheme to evade more than $1 million of income taxes, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Anne Tompkins’ office.



His wife, Eileen Hamelink, 66, entered her guilty plea on March 25.



From about 1992 to 2005, the Hamelinks owned and operated a trim carpentry business in Mooresville but failed to file income tax returns, the release said. The Hamelinks also took steps to hide their income and assets from the IRS, including a system of sham trusts and related domestic and foreign bank accounts to hide their earnings, the release added.



Duane and Eileen Hamelink have agreed to pay restitution to the IRS as part of their plea.



The Hamelinks have been in custody since making their initial appearance in the Western District of North Carolina on May 25, 2010. Each faces a maximum sentence of 5 years in prison, a $250,000 fine or both. A sentencing date has not been set.