Rockland Man Sentenced for Failure to File Maine Income Taxes

January 26, 2012

Attorney General William J. Schneider announced that Daniel Gargan, Jr., age 43, of Rockland, was sentenced on January 25, 2012, to 30 days in jail for failing to pay his state income taxes. Gargan pled guilty to failing to pay his Maine Income Taxes from 2005 through 2009 and failing to file his Maine Income Tax Returns for 2005 and 2006.

Gargan, a commercial fisherman, earned an annual income of between $80,000 and $110,000 from 2005 through 2009 yet paid no state income taxes. Gargan had previously failed to pay his state income taxes from 2000 through 2003.

Knox County Superior Court Justice Jeffrey Hjelm sentenced Gargan to 180 days in jail, with all but 30 days suspended, and one year of administrative release. Gargan also was ordered to pay $61,111 in restitution, consisting of the tax due from 2000 to the present.

?All Maine taxpayers bear the responsibility for paying their fair share under state tax laws,? said Attorney General Schneider. ?We depend on people timely filing and paying their taxes. That is how our system works.?

This case was investigated by the Maine Revenue Services? Criminal Investigations Unit. Assistant Attorney General Gregg D. Bernstein handled this matter for Attorney General Schneider?s Criminal Division.

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