Miller one of 25 either indicted or convicted in criminal operation
A Weddington pastor faces six years in prison after being convicted in a tax evasion scheme. The Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Attorney’s Office released a list Thursday, April 7, of 25 people in the Charlotte area convicted or indicted for tax evasion.
Weddington resident Ronald Miller, 45, pleaded guilty to income tax evasion in federal court, admitting that he left out more than $100,000 worth of income in 2006 and then failed to file a tax return in 2007.
Miller, who served as pastor at Rock Hill AME Zion Church in Concord, also operated a not-for-profit daycare center, Harvest Child Development, in Indian Trail. The daycare center operated under the banner of Restore Ministries Inc., combining with his church income to provide $126,492 which was never reported.
In addition to the six-year sentence, Miller also faces a maximum fine of $350,000.
“Going after dishonest taxpayers who try to cheat the system is a priority of this office,” U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina Anne Tompkins said. “We have several experienced criminal tax prosecutors in our office who work diligently to insure compliance with the tax laws for the benefit of all of our citizens.”
Something usually lost about these crimes is that tax fraud hurts other citizens who pay their fair share of the tax burden, Tompkins said.
“Our taxes pay for important services provided in our communities, and I will vigorously pursue tax fraudsters who enjoy those services while requiring others to pay for them,” Tompkins said, adding that includes those who claim fraudulent deductions, prepare fraudulent returns or under-report income.
Federal penalties for each count of conviction of tax crimes range from a maximum of one year in prison and a $100,000 fine for failure to file a tax return, false withholding exemptions, and delivering or disclosing false tax documents, to a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for conspiracy to defraud with respect to false refund claims. Other penalties include a maximum of three years in prison and a $250,000 fine for obstructing or impeding an investigation and filing or preparing a false tax return, and a maximum of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine for tax evasion, failure to pay taxes, conspiracy to commit a tax offense or conspiracy to defraud and false claims.
“(This office) will aggressively pursue tax fraud wherever it is identified,” IRS Special Agent in Charge Jeannine Hammett said. “IRS-Criminal Investigation is proud to provide its financial expertise to investigations of these schemes to defraud the American government and its taxpayers.”