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Bambi and Kirby VanBurch are facing 3 counts of felony tax evasion

A Branson entertainer charged with felony tax evasion waived his preliminary hearing yesterday (11-17-11) and has been bound over for trial.

Magician Kirby VanBurch and his ex wife Bambi are facing three counts of tax evasion for allegedly failing to pay sales, withholding and consumer use taxes from June through September of 2009, the same year the couple were divorced.

Stone County assistant prosecutor Dayrell Scrivner, who has been appointed special prosecutor in the case says, “The state has been talking with them, and with their attorneys, basically giving them an opportunity to produce some kind of explanation. They were trying to make sure it was not an oversight.”

This isn't the first time Kirby VanBurch has been in trouble with the law. In 2005, he was placed on five years probation after pleading guilty to drunk driving and assaulting a Branson police officer .

The VanBurch's, who could each face up to 15 years in prison if convicted, are due back in court on December 5th.
UPDATE: 12-16-11:

Charges against Kirby and Bambi VanBurch were dismissed without prejudice after the couple "made a large payment" to cover their tax debt.  That deal was struck shortly before the VanBurch's were to be arraigned in circuit court yesterday.

The special prosecutor says charges could be refiled if the couple fails to pay off the rest of the amount they owe.  Scrivner would not comment on what dollar amount the couple paid the state.