- Associated Press - Thursday, July 22, 2010

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Two St. Louis-area business partners who have written and produced songs for stars ranging from Nelly to Madonna to Britney Spears have pleaded guilty to failing to file income tax returns.

Shamar Daugherty of St. Charles pleaded guilty to three counts Wednesday. His partner, Alonzo Lee of Lake St. Louis, pleaded guilty to two counts on June 30. The U.S. attorney’s office announced the pleas Wednesday.

Federal prosecutors say Daugherty and Lee had gross income of more than $4.8 million for the tax years 2003 through 2005 alone, but filed no tax returns. As part of their plea deals, both will be required to file delinquent returns through 2009.

An attorney for both men, Scott Rosenblum, says they accepted responsibility for the misdemeanor charges.