Wyatt Earp’s owner indicted on 59 charges of money laundering, tax evasion

Adam Kelley

By Echo Day, eday@covingtonleader.com

Restaurant owner Adam Kelley was indicted this week on money laundering and tax evasion charges, 25th Judicial District Attorney General Mark Davidson announced Wednesday.

Acting on allegations of theft and failure to file state tax returns, the Tennessee Department of Revenue conducted an investigation into the finances of Kelley’s restaurant, Wyatt Earp’s, which is located right off of Covington’s square.

The Tipton County Grand Jury indicted Kelley on 59 total counts of counts of theft,
false sales tax returns, failing to file a sales tax return and money laundering. The
charges include Theft Over $250,000, a Class A Felony offense.

“These indictments will serve notice on unscrupulous business owners who engage in fraudulent, deceptive and evasive business activities in our communities: You will be found out, charged, and held accountable for that fraudulent, deceptive and evasive criminal conduct,” Davidson said. “We commend the Tennessee Department of Revenue for their exhaustive investigative work and cooperation in this important case. Wherever theft and fraud occurs in the 25th Judicial District, this Office and our colleagues will be prepared to hold offenders accountable.”

The case was investigated by the Tennessee Department of Revenue.  Assistant District Attorneys General Walt Freeland and Jason Poyner are prosecuting this case on behalf of the State of Tennessee.

Wyatt Earp’s, which is named for the famed Western lawman and gambler of the same name,  was formerly located on Quinton Drive in Munford before relocating to Covington, in the former Marlo’s Down Under building, several years ago. There are two more locations in Millington and Oakland.

Kelley was booked into the Tipton County Jail and has been released on a $100,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear for arraignment on the new charges on Monday, March 9 in Tipton County Circuit Court.