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Lake Park man in trouble again for Montana plates

Gary Jon Schander, 50, of rural Lake Park has been charged in Becker County District Court with a felony count of failing to pay excise tax and two gross misdemeanor charges of intent to escape paying taxes.

According to court records, Schander owns a 2004 Honda Accord and a 2007 Dodge Ram, both which have Montana license plates.

Tax records allegedly show that his primary residence is Lake Park and both vehicles are owned by him through his business, Premier Alliance Inc., which has a Montana address.

No such business is listed on the Montana Secretary of State's website. Montana has no vehicle sales tax and its annual registration tax is minimal compared to Minnesota's. A Minnesota State Patrol database check revealed that Schander and his 2004 Honda Accord had Montana plates during a traffic stop in 2013. He agreed to switch to Minnesota plates and pay the owed sales tax and arrears, which he did. He received a warning.

He then allegedly re-registered the Honda Accord back to Montana plates in 2017.

He bought the Dodge Ram from a Detroit Lakes dealership in 2014 and registered it in Montana, with Premier Alliance listed as the buyer. No sales tax was paid on the Dodge Ram.

On March 14, a state trooper saw him driving the 2004 Accord on County Road 6 with Montana plates. The trooper talked to him by phone on March 19, and he allegedly told the trooper he was not required to have Minnesota registration and he was not going to do it.

Schander is accused of evaded $1,462 in motor vehicle tax on the Dodge Ram and $147 in registration taxes on both vehicles.

On June 29 Becker County District Judge Jay Carlson issued a summons for him to appear in court July 23.