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Fisherman ordered to pay nearly $130,000 in back taxes

By Stephen Betts | Oct 31, 2019

Rockland — A Warren man must pay nearly $130,000 in back state income taxes in a deal approved Thursday in the Knox County court.

Travis E. Cline, 39, pleaded guilty Oct. 31 to three counts of failure to pay tax or file return. He was initially charged in April with 11 counts.

The state agreed to a deferred disposition in which Cline agreed to pay $1,000 on Thursday and $1,000 per month until he pays off the balance of $128,987 for state income taxes owed since as far back as 2012.

He must also file and pay this 2019 state income taxes on time. He will also be on one year of administrative release once the formal sentence is imposed.

If Cline adheres to those conditions he will be sentenced in October 2020 to 364 days in jail with all but 14 days suspended. If he fails to meet those conditions, he would be sentenced to 364 days with all but 45 days suspended.

Cline works on a scallop boat that is based out of New Bedford, Mass., according to court papers.

Judge Patricia Worth approved the deferred disposition. Cline was represented by attorney Eric "Rick" Morse of Rockland. The Attorney General's Office case was prosecuted by Assistant AG Elizabeth Weyl.

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Comments (1)
Posted by: Francis Mazzeo, Jr. | Oct 31, 2019 17:14

He must naught seen the ad on TV by the tax lawyer.

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