U. S. District Court Judge Douglas Harpool today denied Joplin businessman Bobby Landis' request for early release from probation.
Landis, who served almost three years in a federal penitentiary for not paying federal taxes at his business, still has a year remaining on his probation.
U. S. Assistant District Attorney Steven Mohlenreich, in documents filed Thursday, stated the government's opposition to Landis' early release, noting that though he has paid $5,749.59 of the money he is required to reimburse, he still owes more than six million dollars.
Mohlenreich pointed out that Landis, while serving in prison "conducted business with another inmate having a history of fraud and requested permission to continue this business arrangement while on supervised release. Landis also violated a condition of his probation by opening a new line of credit.