FORMER MEMPHIS POLICE DEPARTMENT LIEUTENANT
PLEADS GUILTY TO TAX EVASION
Memphis, Tenn-Robert Harris, 47, of Memphis, Tennessee, has pled guilty to one count of income tax
evasion before United States District Judge Jon P. McCalla, announced Edward L. Stanton, III, United States Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee. Harris will be sentenced on December 20, 2011. He faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a fine of $250,000.
Harris pled guilty to a one count information filed for the hearing, charging that Harris knew he owed over
$72,000 in income tax to the United States of which he willfully attempted to evade payment.
The information charges that in 2006, Harris, a former lieutenant with the Memphis Police Department,
changed his paycheck direct deposit from City of Memphis Credit Union to another bank to prevent the
Internal Revenue Service (IRS) from collecting on funds to satisfy his tax liability.
In May 2007, Harris admitted that he had the City of Memphis issue him a paper paycheck instead of using direct deposit in order to prevent the IRS from collecting back taxes from his bank account.
Lastly, between 2005 and 2008, Harris admitted that he failed to disclose to the IRS that he had
approximately $127,859 in gambling winnings, which could have been used to satisfy the prior tax liens.
This investigation was conducted by IRS-Criminal Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen C.
Parker represented the government.