A reality TV star surrendered himself to authorities Thursday to face multiple federal charges.
Richard Wyatt, star of "American Guns" on the Discovery Channel and operator of Gunsmoke firearms store, is accused of illegally selling firearms and failing to report over $1.1 million in income to the IRS, prosecutors said.
The reality TV show aired 26 episodes from 2011 through 2012.
Prosecutors said in April 2012, the defendant surrendered his Federal Firearms License due to his violations of federal laws and regulations. However, prosecutors say Wyatt continued to operate Gunsmoke as a retail firearms store that also offered gunsmithing services and submitted false paperwork to the government to hide that another company, with a valid license, was acting as a straw licensee for Gunsmoke.
Prosecutors accuse Wyatt of directing Gunsmoke employees to enter firearm sales in Gunsmoke’s computer point of sales software system as "miscellaneous” sales rather than firearm sales.
"In addition to the alleged firearms violations, Wyatt failed to pay personal income tax in years 2009, when he made approximately $290,000, in 2010 when he made approximately $123,000, and in 2012, when he made approximately $689,000," prosecutors said. "Further, in 2010, 2011, and 2012, Wyatt failed to pay corporate taxes. In 2012, Wyatt willfully filed a tax return he knew to be false, stating that he lost money, when in fact he made at least $184,000 that he failed to disclose."
Wyatt was indicted by a federal Grand Jury Tuesday on two counts of conspiracy, three counts of dealing in firearms without a license, one count of filing a false tax return and seven counts of failure to file a tax return.
Wyatt's shop was searched by the IRS in March of 2013.
Wyatt was arrested in April 2015 on charges of theft from an at-risk adult. The victim in the case had consigned a rare and antique gun collection with Wyatt in 2013. Repeated efforts by the victim to recover several of the weapons had failed, police said in a news release.
According to the profile on the Gunsmoke website, Wyatt had 22 years in law enforcement and 25 years of experience in firearms training, retiring as Chief of Police in Alma, Colorado.