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United States Attorney Rebecca A. Gregory
Eastern District of Texas


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                               CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
WEDNESDAY, JULY 16, 2008                                              PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
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VIDOR COUPLE CHARGED WITH TAX FRAUD

            BEAUMONT, TX – United States Attorney Rebecca A. Gregory announced today that a Vidor couple has been charged with multiple counts of tax evasion and failure to file a tax return in the Eastern District of Texas.

                THOMAS B. PARKER, 64, and his wife, MARGARET A. PARKER, 65, were arrested and appeared today before United States Magistrate Judge Keith F. Giblin.  The Parkers were indicted by a federal grand jury on June 25, 2008 and charged with 7 counts of tax evasion and 5 counts of failure to file a tax return. 

            According to the indictment, the Parkers are alleged to have filed amended U.S. Individual Income Tax Returns for 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, and 2000 in which they falsely represented they had no taxable income and they owed no taxes.  It is also alleged that they failed to file tax returns for 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2006.

                If convicted, the tax evasion counts each carry a maximum sentence of up to three years in federal prison and a $100,000 fine.  The failure to file charges each carry a maximum sentence of up to one year in federal prison and a $25,000 fine.
 
            It is important to note that a grand jury indictment is not evidence of guilt.  All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

            The case is being investigated by the Internal Revenue Service – CI and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert L. Rawls.

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