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Federal charges filed against ‘medicine man’ in North Carolina

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KINGS MOUNTAIN, N.C. — A business owner in Kings Mountain who is known as the “medicine man” is under investigation for tax fraud.

According to WBTV, officials with the Federal Bureau of Investigation went to Reuben Dehaan’s home around 3 p.m. Thursday.

Investigators say Dehaan is under investigation because he has not voluntarily filed an income tax return for himself or the business he runs out of his home since 1997, except for frivolous returns in 2005 and 2006.

An affidavit released on Thursday states that Dehaan, “claims to be a ‘medicine man’ and provides natural healing services and products to customers for a fee” through his business, “Get Well Stay Well.”

Dehaan also claims in the affidavit that all of the earnings from his healing business are donations, which are non-taxable, because he is a minister of the Native American Church of Nemenhah.

Investigators told WBTV that those claims are not true because that church is not officially recognized by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. In addition, authorities said Dehaan, “has not applied for or received a tax identification number or not-for-profit status from the IRS.”

According to WBTV, an undercover agent went to Dehaan’s business and was charged $145 for his services. The affidavit notes that the officer was never told that the $145 was a donation or a gift.