PITTSBURG, Kans. — Updated… A former Pittsburg business owner is expressing frustration with a long time tax battle with the state of Kansas.
Gene Bicknell, a former owner of a large number of restaurants, including Pizza Hut locations, spoke out Wednesday in a press conference.
Bicknell called the actions of the state “extortion” and some parts of the legal process a “kangaroo court” as he battles the Kansas Department of Revenue.
Bicknell, a Pittsburg native, once owned the most Pizza Hut franchises in the nation. His legal fight with the state centered on whether he lived in Kansas or Florida when he sold his company, NPC International, in 2006.
The tax bill of $48 million was paid but later made the center of a lawsuit by Bicknell’s attorneys.
The Kansas Department of Revenue says they will continue the legal battle but have no comment on the matter at this time.