Judge Rejects Indicted KC Business Owner’s Travel Requests

U.S. passport | Photo courtesy of Creative Commons
A federal judge rejected Cheryl Womack's request for the return of her passport. | Photo courtesy of Creative Commons

A federal judge rejected the holiday travel requests made by Cheryl Womack, who was indicted earlier this month on charges that she used foreign trusts and secret Cayman Island bank accounts to avoid paying millions in income taxes. Womack has owned and operated multiple Kansas City businesses, including VCW Holding Co. LLC.

Womack appeared in the U.S. District Court in Kansas City to ask for the return of her passport so she could travel to the Cayman Islands from Dec. 27 through Jan. 26 and to India from Feb. 4 to Feb. 11.

U.S. Chief Magistrate Judge Robert Larsen said Womack may never return from the Caribbean paradise and longtime tax haven where, according to court documents, she has a home and about $5 million in assets. “The temptation to stay in the Cayman Islands would be too great and the government’s ability to proceed with this prosecution would be seriously jeopardized,” Larsen said in his ruling.

Womack wants to go to India in February, filings stated, to attend the International Women’s Conference as a representative of the U.S. business community.

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