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Former Memphis Police Officer Pleads Guilty to Tax Evasion

December 13, 2010

Memphis, TN - Bridges McRae, a former officer with the Memphis Police Department, pleaded guilty today in federal court to a one count Information for Tax Evasion, announced Edward L. Stanton, III, United States Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee. McRae faces a maximum penalty of five years imprisonment, a maximum $100,000 fine, three years supervised release and a $100 special assessment.

At the change of plea the government stated the proof would show Memphis Police Department employment records received in June 2004 showed that McRae filed a W-4 form listing 99 exemptions. The result of this was that the MPD stopped having federal taxes withheld from his pay in 2004. From that time until sometime during 2008, there were no federal taxes withheld from McRae's salary. The United States would have called witnesses that during that time period that McRae made statements about how he was deliberately not paying any income taxes. The tax evaded is $18,871.00.

As part of the plea agreement McRae agreed that the court would sentence him on his prior civil rights conviction and the tax evasion case on the same day. He also agreed to a sentence of two years incarceration.

The case was investigated by IRS Criminal Investigation’s Special Agent Shari Paige. Assistant United States Attorney Steve Parker represented the government.

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