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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Florida

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Ocala Dentist Convicted On Counts Of Failure To File Income Tax Returns

Ocala, Florida - Acting United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that yesterday a federal jury found Thomas W. Harter, D.M.D. guilty of six counts of willful failure to file income tax returns for the years 2006 through 2011. Harter faces a maximum penalty of six years in federal prison. His sentencing hearing has not yet been set. Harter was charged in a superseding information on April 16, 2013.

According to evidence and testimony presented at trial, Harter stopped filing income tax returns in 2000. From 2006 through 2011, Harter received gross income from his dental practice of at least $1,709,230.00, and he filed no tax returns and paid no income taxes for those years.

This case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation, with assistant from Special Enforcement Program Revenue Agents of the Internal Revenue Service. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Samuel D. Armstrong.

Updated January 26, 2015