Hope man gets jail for failure to pay taxes

Nov 04, 2011

Rockland — A 59-year-old Hope man will serve 10 days in jail for failing to pay state income taxes for four years.

Jeffrey C. Lord was sentenced Nov. 3 in Knox County Superior Court. He was given a 120-day sentence with all but 10 days suspended.

Lord, who works in the silk screen business, had failed to pay taxes for 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007. Assistant Attorney General Gregg Bernstein said Lord paid his back taxes in full — about $12,000 — about three months ago.

The state prosecutor noted that the Attorney General's Office rarely files criminal action against someone for failing to pay state income taxes unless the person has failed to respond to attempts by the state tax office to collect the money. He said in many instances, defendants have also not paid taxes for many more years but the state can only go back six years to prosecute.

He said every effort is made to have a person comply with the tax laws without resorting to criminal prosecution.

The following other cases were closed in 6th District Court in Rockland from Oct. 28 through Nov. 4.

Roy A. Allen, 44, Rockland, failing to notify of motor vehicle accident, five days in jail.

Lavon S. Ames III, permitting unlawful use, dismissed.

Brian R. Burch, 18, Rockland, two counts of stealing drugs, 14 days in jail, $11 restitution.

Garold L. Demmons, 56, Rockland, fail to comply with sex offender registry, $500 fine.

Ashley Lynn Hooper, 19, Bradenton, Fla., operating vehicle without license, $150 fine.

Elisa N. Robbins, 24, Waldoboro, theft, $300 fine.

Howard R. Taggart, 19, Warren and Camden, domestic violence assault, 180 days in jail all suspended, one-year probation; violating protective order, three months in jail; violating protective order, 30 days in jail.

Gregg Thompson, 59, Hope, operating under the influence, 48 hours in jail stayed until June 29, 2012, 90-day license suspension, $500 fine.

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