Scott County Resident Sentenced for Tax Evasion

Kalab Eskew pleads guilty to tax evasion in Tennessee.

In Huntsville, Tennessee, an investigation by the Tennessee Department of Revenue’s Special Investigations Section has culminated in Kalab Eskew pleading guilty to a charge of tax evasion. The case, presided over by Judge Zachary Walden on Monday, revolved around the underreporting of the price of a vehicle registered at the Scott County Clerk’s Office in 2021.

As a consequence of his guilty plea to one count of tax evasion, Eskew has been sentenced to two years of supervised probation. In addition, he is required to pay restitution to the State of Tennessee. This outcome reflects the Department of Revenue’s commitment to enforcing tax laws and ensuring taxpayer compliance through education, legal action, and emphasizing accountability for fraudulent activities.

Revenue Commissioner David Gerregano emphasized the importance of these efforts, stating, “The Department of Revenue promotes voluntary taxpayer compliance by educating taxpayers, aggressively pursuing criminal sanctions and demanding accountability when taxpayers engage in fraudulent activity. This plea underscores the department’s ongoing efforts to enforce Tennessee’s tax laws.”

This criminal case was pursued in cooperation with the office of District Attorney Jared Effler. The Department encourages citizens to report any suspected violations of Tennessee’s revenue laws by calling the toll-free tax fraud hotline at (800) FRAUDTX (372-8389).

The Tennessee Department of Revenue plays a critical role in the administration of state tax laws as well as motor vehicle title and registration laws. It is responsible for collecting approximately 87 percent of total state revenue. In the fiscal year 2023, the Department collected nearly $22 billion in state taxes and fees, in addition to over $4.7 billion in taxes and fees for local governments. For more information about the Department of Revenue and its initiatives, visit

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