Police have charged a businessman from Dartmouth for income tax evasion. Investigation has revealed that he may be associated with money laundering and drug trafficking activities. On April 20, he pleaded not guilty to four counts related to tax evasion in a U.S. District Court in Boston.
The IRS has been investigating him for tax evasion for a number of years. Public prosecutors made asserted efforts to persuade a judge that he should be held without bail until his trial, but the judge was not convinced. He was released on $300,000 bond.
Federal investigators discovered that the businessman is also a cousin of a known criminal from SouthCoast. Police have been so far unable to track the activities of his organization. Officials suspect that the organization has been receiving tips from someone who works in the Westport Police Department, which has helped them to evade the authorities.
Prosecutors alleged that the Dartmouth businessman has been indulging in various criminal activities. They believe that he has been purchasing properties in Westport, which are used for drug trafficking and the selling and purchasing of stolen goods.
Public prosecutors attempted to argue that he is a habitual offender and a threat to the society. However, the businessman has not been charged with any of the other alleged offenses.
The businessman is believed to have evaded tax payments in 2005 and 2007. According to court documents, if the charges of tax evasions are found to be true, he could be sentenced to more than three years in prison. The next court hearing is scheduled for June 1.
Source: Southcoasttoday.com, “Suspected SouthCoast crime leader charged with federal income tax evasion,” Brian Fraga, 26 April 2011