Golf Pro Pleads Guilty To Federal Charges

posted by John Baibak - 

A former Springfield golf professional is pleading guilty to tax fraud charges.  

The U.S. Justice Department says Springfield  resident Ryan McDowell skimmed about 100-thousand dollars from golf  revenues during his time at the Franconia and Veterans Memorial golf  courses, both owned by the city, from 2011 to 2016.  

McDowell will be  sentenced in December after entering the plea to six fraud counts in  federal court in Springfield  on Friday.  

The pro shops of the courses were raided by the IRS in  2016, and agents also raided the homes of now-former head golf pro Kevin  Kennedy Jr., although Kennedy has not been charged in connection to the  probe.

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