GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) Federal authorities say a former Texas man has pleaded guilty in an alleged tax-shelter conspiracy.

The Justice Department says in a statement that Anthony Merlo pleaded guilty Friday in federal court in Grand Rapids, Mich., to conspiracy to defraud the United States.

The former resident of Fort Worth, Texas, and the U.S. Virgin Islands was accused of running offshore tax shelters and conspiring to conceal information from the Internal Revenue Service.

Five others were indicted last year along with Merlo; two have pleaded guilty and will be sentenced Sept. 28. The others are scheduled for trial in September.

Merlo's sentencing has not yet been scheduled.

A message seeking comment was left after business hours for Merlo's attorney, Jeffery Crampton.

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