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Rockford man pleads guilty to tax evasion


Robert L. Harley, Jr, of Rockford, Michigan, pleaded guilty to income tax evasion on a 2008 federal income tax return, U.S. Attorney Patrick A. Miles, Jr announced Monday. U.S. Attorney Miles was joined in the announcement by Special Agent in Charge Erick Martinez, Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation.

According to court records, during the 2008 tax year, Harley was working as a manager for Club Concepts, Inc., doing business as the Intersection Bar and Lounge. During this time period, Harley received gross income totaling over $174,500 and purposely filed a false federal income tax return reporting his income as $9,080 with zero tax due. In addition, Harley failed to pay over $32,592 in tax due and owing to the Internal Revenue Service.

Harley entered the guilty plea in U.S. District Court before Magistrate Judge Ellen S. Carmody.

“Harley deliberately filed a false tax return, failing outright to report almost 95 percent of his adjusted gross income,” said Special Agent in Charge Erick Martinez. “We all have to pay our fair share and his conduct is unacceptable.”

The maximum penalty for failing to file federal tax return is imprisonment of not more than five years and a $250,000 fine per each count.

The investigation of this case was conducted by special agents of the Internal Revenue Service, and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Don Davis and Rene Shekmer.

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