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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Virginia

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Daleville Man Pleads Guilty To Tax Charges

Joseph Jay Mayo Sr. Admits To Submitting False Tax Returns

TROANOKE, VIRGINIA -- A 53-year-old Daleville man admitted this morning in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Roanoke to submitting tax returns to the Internal Revenue Service that were false.

Rev. Joseph Jay Mayo Sr., waived his right to be indicted and instead pleaded guilty to a two-count Information charging him with one count of willfully making and subscribing a return, statement or other documents that contain information he knew was not true and correct for tax year 2004 and one count of stealing more than $1,000 of Social Security Administration monies to which he was not entitled.

“Paying taxes is the duty of all American citizens, a duty that must be performed truthfully in order to keep the services we all enjoy up and running,” United States Attorney Timothy J. Heaphy said today. “Individuals, like Mr. Mayo, who choose not to pay their fair share will be prosecuted by this office and ordered to repay what they owe the government.”

Today in District Court, Mayo admitted he submitted false tax returns for tax year 2004 by failing to disclose the operation of his business activity, the gross receipts of sales he derived therefrom and the income from his business activity. In addition, the defendant admitted that he failed to report income earned to the Social Security Administration and as a result received approximately $106,157 in benefits to which he was not entitled.

At sentencing, the defendant faces a maximum possible penalty of three years incarceration and/or a fine of up to $250,000 for the tax charge and a maximum possible penalty of ten years incarceration and/or a fine of up to $250,000 for the theft of public money charge. The defendant is scheduled to be sentenced on August 24, 2011.

The investigation of the case was conducted by the Social Security Administration and the Internal Revenue Service. Assistant United States Attorneys C. Patrick Hogeboom III and Charlene Day are prosecuting the case for the United States.

Updated April 15, 2015