Four Men Arrested for Tax EvasionJoseph Goudine, Henry Moultrie, Carlton Perkins, and Jerome Haley were arrested on unique tax evasion charges. This took place in early December 2014.
Henry Moultrie was detained for over six different counts of tax evasion (attempting to defeat/evade tax) and if he is in fact convicted, he could face up to $60,000 in fines, or he could also be looking at around 30 years in a federal prison. Moultrie filed an “exempt” tax status through his employer which then caused almost no taxes at all to be deducted from his paycheck during 2006-2011. The tax that he successfully evaded adds up to $11,806.
The resident of Charleston, Joseph Gourdine, was detained and charged with 3 different counts of tax evasions from his income (2008-2010) that he did not file tax returns on. Gourdine also filed an “exempt” status through his employer, and also had little to no taxes deducted from his income. Gourdine currently has a tax liability of up to $4,266. And could face up to 15 years in prison or $30,000 in fines for his tax evasion crimes.
Jerome Haley, who also is a Charleston resident was charged with 4 different counts of tax evasion. If Haley is indeed convicted, he could possibly face fines of $70,000 or 19 years in a federal prison. Haley as well as the others filed an “exempt” status through his employer and thus had minimal to no taxes throughout 2004-2010. Therefore no taxes were deducted from his pay, when $9,837 should have been.
The Hampton County man, Carlton Perkins was charged with tax evasion. He is facing around $50,000 in fines or 25 years in a federal prison for not filing income tax returns. Perkins as well as the other claimed an "exempt" status with his employer at that time, and thus was not required to pay the full extent of his taxes from the time period of 2007-2011. Currently Perkins’ tax liability adds up to $10,950.
All of the above subjects were transported to the Charleston Detention center in order to be processed. It is unsure whether or not they will face the full extent of their sentences/fines.
Tax evasion is taken very seriously by the government and it is not uncommon for charges to be made after simple mistakes. One of our tax law attorneys can provide advice for any tax-related legal situation you may be involved in.
If you are under investigation for tax fraud, as mentioned in this article, punishments are often severe because the government wants to deter these types of crimes. Contact an experienced tax attorney for more information on how to obtain a favorable outcome.
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