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Jury Convicts West Point CPA
on tax evasion charges

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 12, 2011

OXFORD, Miss. – United States Attorney John Marshall Alexander and James C. Lee, Special Agent in Charge of IRS Criminal Investigation, announced that a federal jury convicted Gary C. Hamilton, 61, a certified public accountant from West Point, Mississippi, of conspiring with a client, Jack P. Holleman, to defraud the United States through the attempt to evade taxes and of attempt to evade the payment of taxes owed by Holleman.

The trial was held this week before United States District Judge W. Allen Pepper, Jr. in Greenville. The jury returned the guilty verdict late Wednesday after a three-day trial. Judge Pepper allowed Hamilton to remain free pending sentencing, which was continued until completion of a presentence investigation report.

“We are pleased with the guilty verdict returned in this case. Our tax system is built on the premise that taxpayers pay taxes. Willfully evading payment of taxes is a serious crime, punishable under federal law. To ensure confidence in our tax system, Special Agents of IRS Criminal Investigation are committed to the aggressive pursuit and prosecution of individuals who intentionally violate the nation’s tax laws,” said James C. Lee, Special Agent in Charge of IRS Criminal Investigation.

Each count carries a penalty of not more than five years in prison and not more than three years supervised release. In addition, the conspiracy count carries a fine of not more than $250,000, and the attempt count carries a fine of not more than $100,000.

Holleman plead guilty earlier this month and is currently awaiting sentencing. A copy of the indictment is attached.

The case was investigated by IRS Criminal Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Robert Mims and Charlie Spillers.

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