Sharpsburg man guilty of tax evasion
A Sharpsburg man will be sentenced on May 9 in U.S. District Court after entering a guilty plea on two counts of tax evasion and two counts of failing to file tax returns.
Robert C. Boot, 59, was indicted by a federal grand jury on April 14, 2010, on two counts of tax evasion and two counts of failure to file tax returns, according to U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates. And on Dec. 8 Boot entered a guilty plea to two counts of failure to file, Yates said, adding that in his plea agreement Boot admitted that he owed $75,196.25 in taxes for tax years 2002-2004.
He agreed to pay this amount, together with $33,311 in interest and a fraud penalty to be determined, said Yates.
Sentencing is scheduled for May 9 before U.S. District Judge Timothy C. Batten.
“Those who do not pay their fair share of taxes short-change the system. In a time when we face such significant budget issues, it is particularly reprehensible that some are not paying their fair share. We will aggressively pursue all who commit tax fraud,” Yates said.
Commenting on tax evasion issues, IRS-Criminal Investigation Special Agent in Charge Reginael McDaniel said, “One of the primary missions at IRS Criminal Investigation is to deter tax fraud through education and publicity. I believe that public awareness is a critical element in deterring potential tax fraud, and by educating the public about tax scams and publicizing that offenders are caught and punished, we hope to prevent individuals from taking that fateful step.”