Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Department of Justice
Acting United States Attorney Gregg L. Sullivan Eastern District of Tennessee
FORMER KNOX COUNTY LAW DIRECTOR LOCKETT SENTENCED FOR FAILING TO FILE FEDERAL INCOME TAX RETURN
KNOXVILLE, Tenn—William Soaper Lockett, Jr., 56, of Knoxville, Tennessee, was sentenced today to one year of probation by United States Magistrate Judge H. Bruce Guyton. For the first six months of his probation period, Lockett will be placed in home detention.
Lockett pleaded guilty on April 27, 2010, to one count of failing to file an income tax return with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). According to his plea agreement, Lockett was employed in tax years 2006 and 2007 as an attorney at Kennerly, Montgomery & Finley, P.C. in Knoxville. During this time Lockett admitted that he had earned sufficient income requiring him to file income tax returns with the IRS, but he failed to do so. The plea agreement states that in 2006 Lockett received gross income of approximately $122,733 and in 2007 he received $107,365 in gross income. The total monetary loss to the IRS, including penalties and interest, was $24,656, which has been paid in full.
This case was investigated by IRS Criminal Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles E. Atchley, Jr., represented the government.