Former Pagosa Springs man pleads guilty to tax fraud involving hot springs

Former Pagosa Springs man pleads guilty to tax fraud involving hot springs

Bill Whittington failed to report funds directed to him from business
Bill Whittington, the former director of the Pagosa Springs hot springs, has pleaded guilty to filing a false tax return.
Whittington brothers leave a shadow on Indy 500

Bill Whittington and his brother Don and have the distinction of qualifying for the same Indianapolis 500, and of being two of four drivers convicted in marijuana smuggling cases that shook Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Both brothers raced from 1980 to 1885. They and a third brother, Dale, all qualified for the Indy 500 in 1982.
Bill and Don Whittington were connected with a smuggling operation that helped fund their racing teams, taking in $73 million, according to the Drug Enforcement Agency. Bill Whittington admitted to running the organization, and Don Whittington helped invest the profits in legitimate businesses.
In 1986, Bill Whittington pleaded guilty to tax evasion and conspiracy to smuggle marijuana into the U.S. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison and ordered to surrender $7 million in assets. In 1987, Don Whittington pleaded guilty to money laundering charges in association with Bill Whittington’s activities.
Later that year, driver Randy Lanier was busted for heading another smuggling ring, and the DEA seized $150 million of his assets. John Paul Jr., a fourth Indy driver, pleaded guilty to a racketeering charge that wasn’t related to the Whittington or Lanier cases.
The Indianapolis Star contributed to this article.

Former Pagosa Springs man pleads guilty to tax fraud involving hot springs

Bill Whittington, the former director of the Pagosa Springs hot springs, has pleaded guilty to filing a false tax return.
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