Tax man nets fisherman

By Stephen Betts | Mar 07, 2011

Rockland — A 34-year-old Rockland man is serving a jail sentence and must repay the state for failing to pay income taxes for five years.

Christopher S. Cushman was sentenced March 3 in 6th District Court of Rockland for five counts of failure to pay tax or file a return.

According to court records, the state filed the complaint against Cushman in May 2010, charging him with not paying state income taxes in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008.

Cushman was granted a court-appointed attorney when he was ruled partially indigent. He had worked as a fisherman until he became unemployed in the summer of 2009, according to court papers. He listed his income as $619 in unemployment benefits.

The Rockland man was sentenced to 180 days in jail with all but 30 days suspended, which he was ordered to serve starting March 5. He was also ordered to pay restitution of $52,989. He was also placed on probation for one year.

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