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Man Pleads Guilty To Tax Evasion

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS—Earlier today in federal court, a man pleaded guilty to evading taxes for tax years 2006-2009. Roger Martin Pedley pleaded guilty to four counts of tax evasion. Pedley, who was indicted on April 9, 2013, entered his plea before Chief United States District Judge Michael J. Davis.

In his plea agreement, Pedley admitted owning and operating the Pine Ridge Golf Course in Motley as well as engaging in other business ventures. These ventures generated considerable cash income for Pedley. Pedley also admitted engaging in transactions with this cash at various banks in ways that avoided triggering the banks’ federal currency reporting requirements. In addition, Pedley admitted that he failed to declare the cash as income on his personal income tax returns, filed jointly with his wife for tax years 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009.

For his crimes, Pedley faces a potential maximum penalty of five years in prison on each count. Judge Davis will determine his sentence at a future hearing, yet to be scheduled. This case is the result of an investigation by the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigations. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney John Docherty.

Per U.S. Department of Justice policy, the U.S. Attorney’s Office is not allowed to provide the age and city of residence for defendants charged in criminal tax cases.



Updated April 30, 2015