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July 13, 2009

SMALL BUSINESS OWNER CONVICTED OF MAKING FALSE STATEMENT ON TAX RETURNS

(HOUSTON) - Gladys Nell Bishop, President of Quality Trucking Inc., has been convicted  by a jury of three counts of making false statements on tax returns filed for the company for tax years 2000, 2001 and 2002, United States Attorney Tim Johnson announced today. Quality Trucking Inc. is located on the 8300 block of Miller Road #2 in Houston.

The jury deliberated for less than two hours before returning a guilty verdict on all three counts.

The evidence introduced at trial proved Bishop set up an accounting system at the company and maintained checking accounts at two different banks but only reported checks deposited into one of the checking accounts to the Internal Revenue Service. The total unreported income for all three years was in excess of $500,000.

Bishop remains on bond pending sentencing, which is scheduled for Oct. 2, 2009, at 9:30 a.m. before the U.S. District Judge David Hittner, who presided over the trial. Bishop faces a maximum sentence of three years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine on each of the three counts.

This investigation leading to the charges was conducted by the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Cedric L. Joubert.

 

 

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