Local Church Leaders Sent to Prison for Defrauding IRS
|Nov. 13, 2012|
HOUSTON - David A. Montgomery and Bridget M. Montgomery, a husband and wife who founded their own church - Restoration Temple Church of God in Christ in Humble, have each been sentenced to 41 months in federal prison and were ordered to pay restitution to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today. The couple was convicted by a jury following less than two days of trial and approximately 3.5 hours of deliberation on Aug. 9, 2012.
The jury convicted the Montgomerys of conspiring to impair and impede the IRS in its computation and collection of income taxes between January 2003 and April 2006. They were also convicted of making false statements in relation to their 2004 and 2005 income tax returns by under-reporting approximately $2.1 million in gross income from their construction business, Montgomery’s Contracting.
They were originally permitted to remain on bond following the return of the jury’s verdict. However, that bond was revoked approximately one week later when U.S. District Judge Lynn N. Hughes, who presided over the trial, learned of David Montgomery’s post-trial intimidation of witnesses who had testified.
Today, Judge Hughes sentenced David and Bridget Montgomery each to 41 months in prison and further ordered they pay $550,000 in restitution. Following completion of their prison terms, they will also serve three years if supervised release. At the hearing, Judge Hughes considered and reiterated some of the evidence from the trial, including that they drove luxury automobiles including a Mercedes, a Range Rover and a Bentley during the commission of their crime and that they forged the signature of their former accountant on some of the false tax returns.
Judge Hughes stated that he would not punish David Montgomery for intimidating a witness at the conclusion of the trial, but called him a “thug” and denied the Montgomerys’ request for an appeal bond, citing the witness intimidation events following trial. They will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.
The case was investigated by IRS-Criminal Investigation. The sentencing was handled by Assistant United States Attorneys Julie Redlinger and Charles Escher.