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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS ENTREPRENEUR PLEADS GUILTY TO TAX FRAUD

AUGUST 4, 2010

BOSTON, Mass. - A Millis man was convicted in federal court of two counts of subscribing to a false tax return.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz and Susan Dukes, Special Agent in Charge of the Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigation, Boston Field Office, announced that JOHN H. BELL, 67, of Millis, pled guilty before U.S. District Judge Rya W. Zobel to two counts of subscribing to a false tax return.

At the plea hearing, the prosecutor told the Court that had the case proceeded to trial the Government’s evidence would have proven that BELL operated a business called Pro-Motion Sports, and made money by organizing sports camps and scouting events for high school athletes. For the 2004 and 2005 tax years, BELL significantly understated the taxable income he received from Pro-Motion Sports on his tax returns. BELL’S fraud ultimately lowered his tax liability for these years, depriving the United States of over $209,000.

Judge Zobel scheduled sentencing for November 30, 2010. BELL faces up to 3 years imprisonment, to be followed by 1 year of supervised release and a $ 250,000 fine on each count.

The case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ryan M. DiSantis of Ortiz’s Economic Crimes Unit.

 

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