Casper businessman Sonny Pilcher will be sentenced in federal court for tax fraud in Cheyenne on Dec. 15, according to federal court records.

Pilcher, owner of the now-closed Elevation club, formerly known as Sidelines Sports Bar on Wilkins Circle, pleaded guilty in June to one felony count of obstruction of the administration of Internal Revenue Service laws.

He faces a maximum penalty of three years in jail and one year of probation.

In a plea agreement with the tax division of the U.S. Department of Justice, Pilcher admitted to claiming $258,000 of false bad debt on his 2008 tax return and paying his employees in cash in order to avoid paying employment taxes.

The offenses are alleged to have occurred between January 2007 and December 2009.

Besides Elevation, Pilcher also owns the Racks Gentlemen’s Club west of Casper.

On Tuesday, Casper City Council declined to transfer the liquor license held by Pilcher's Crossroads View, the legal name for Elevation. to the building's owner Z-Financial Administration Management (Z-FAM). Casper businessman Gail Zimmerman owns Z-FAM.

Attorney Keith Nachbar, who represents a man who was assaulted at Sidelines in December 2011, opposed the transfer, telling council that Crossroads View still owes his client $20,022.39 for injuries sustained in a bar fight in December 2011.

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