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New Springfield woman indicted on tax charges

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sept. 27, 2012

Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, announced today that a federal grand jury returned a seven-count indictment against Melissa Snively-Pallard, charging her with failing to report and pay employment taxes owed by a corporation she previously owned, known as Timberlanes Incorporated.

According to court records, Snively-Pallard is 33 years old and resides in New Springfield, Ohio.

The indictment alleges that Snively-Pallard, also known as Melissa Snively and Melissa Pallard, was the owner, president, chief executive officer, and general manager of Timberlanes, which was engaged in the business of operating an inn and restaurant located in Salem, Ohio. The indictment charges that for the seven calendar quarters from the second quarter of 2006 through the end of 2007, Snively-Pallard failed to report and pay to the Internal Revenue Service federal income taxes and Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) taxes Timberlanes withheld from its employees’ wages in the combined total of approximately $93,927.

If convicted, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the Court after review of factors unique to this case, including the defendant’s prior criminal record, if any, the defendant’s role in the offense and the characteristics of the violation. In all cases the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and in most cases it will be less than the maximum.

The government’s case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney John M. Siegel, following an investigation by the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation, Akron, Ohio.

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

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