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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of North Carolina

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Owner Of Charlotte-Area Metal & Salvage Business Pleads Guilty To Tax Evasion

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The owner of Charlotte-area metal and salvage business pleaded guilty to tax evasion today, announced Jill Westmoreland Rose, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina.  Sammie Marks a/k/a Sammy Marks, 41, of Matthews, N.C., appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge David Keesler and admitted to concealing from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) personal earnings derived from his businesses, “Marks Metal & Salvage.”

According to the filed court documents and today’s plea hearing, between tax years 2009 and 2013, Marks deposited checks and cash receipts from his businesses and its customers totaling over $1.1 million into his personal bank account, which he did not include in income reported to IRS.  Court records show that, during the relevant time period, Marks failed to disclose or provide records of his bank account and other information about his income to his tax return preparer.  Furthermore, court records indicate Marks failed to report the additional income on his individual tax returns filed with the IRS.  As a result of the unreported gross receipts, Marks had additional taxable income of $158,614.

Marks pleaded guilty to one count of tax evasion.  The charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.  As part of today’s plea agreement, Marks has agreed to pay restitution, the amount of which will be determined by the Court at Marks’ sentencing hearing, which has not been scheduled yet.  Marks was released on bond following today’s court appearance.

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In a separate case, on Tuesday, June 30, 2015, Jeremy Curtis Anderson, 34, of Charlotte, pleaded guilty to two counts of making a false statement on a loan application.  Anderson, who was formerly employed by Wells Fargo Bank as a loan documentation specialist and a consumer loan underwriter, appeared before Judge Keesler and admitted that between 2009 and 2012, he used false information, such as a false security number, false address and false employment information, on loan applications to obtained a car loan and a personal loan from a federally-insured credit union.

Anderson was released on bond following the plea hearing.  The maximum penalty for the false statement on a loan application is 30 years in prison and a $1,000,000 fine per count.  A sentencing hearing for Anderson has not been set yet.

Acting U.S. Attorney Rose thanked the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division (IRS-CI) under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Thomas J. Holloman, III, Special Agent in Charge, for the investigation of both cases.  Ms. Rose also thanked Martin Mulholland, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Secret Service in Charlotte, for his agency’s assistance with Anderson’s investigation.

Assistant United States Attorney Jenny G. Sugar of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Charlotte is in charge of the prosecution of both cases.      

Updated July 6, 2015