Massachusetts Taxman Charged With Felony Evasion
The head of the tax assessors office in Needham, Massachusetts, recently was indicted for income tax evasion.
Kevin Foley, 54, is alleged to have illegally obtained close to $492,000 from a woman living in Needham, using it to pay bills, such as his mortgage, according to The Boston Globe. The elected official stole checks from the woman and used her bank card without reporting the money to the Internal Revenue Service.
Foley was charged with three counts of income tax evasion, the news source reported. He did not file tax returns for 2007, 2008 and 2009, subsequently not reporting the stolen funds or other legitimate monies.
Carmen Ortiz, the U.S. attorney overseeing the case, said in a statement that Foley failed those who elected him as officials are supposed to be held to high standards when it comes to crimes and immoral activity, according to the news source.
If found guilty of the crimes, the tax assessor could face a maximum of five years in prison, another three years of supervised release and a fine that could be as high as $100,000.