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Pogue Construction founder faces sentencing in late August
By Danny Gallagher / The McKinney Courier-Gazette
August 12, 2010
The former president and found a major McKinney construction company will face sentencing for his federal tax charges later this month.
Paul Pogue is scheduled to enter the sentencing phase of his federal criminal trial on Aug. 27 in the U.S. Eastern District of Texas court, according to federal court records. Pogue accepted a plea deal and entered a guilty plea in the U.S. Eastern District of Texas court on a federal felony violation of making and subscribing a false tax return back in February. Pogue admitted that he "willfully made and subscribed a U.S. individual income tax return form...for calendar year 2003" that reflected his taxable income by a lesser margin of approximately $1 million, according to court documents.
His 1040 reflected he earned taxable income of $4,594,052 for his work as a consultant for a construction firm, but investigators discovered he actually earned $5,588,249 in the span of the calendar year.
He then submitted two additional fraudulent tax returns in 2005 and 2006 that also contained significant deductions of actual taxable income. His 2004 return only reflected earnings of $3,111,715 when he actually earned $3,686,784 and his 2005 return only reported $2,908,235 when he knowingly earned $3,030,684.
Internal Revenue Service investigators said these fraudulent returns cost a tax loss of $473,680, according to a finding of fact document filed with the court.
Pogue entered a guilty plea last Thursday. A sentencing date has not yet been set.
Pogue faces a possible sentence of up to three years in a federal prison and a possible fine not to exceed $250,000 or "not more than the greater of twice the gross gain to the defendant or twice the gross loss of any victim," according to the notice of penalty.
Pogue helped found and served as president and chief executive officer of Pogue Construction, a McKinney based construction firm that has designed and built numerous local projects with the city of McKinney and the McKinney Independent School District including the McKinney Public Safety Building on Taylor-Burk Drive and several fire stations for the McKinney Fire Department, the McKinney ISD administration building and several McKinney ISD schools.
Harvey Tepfer and Tim Baker are write-in candidates opposing Crigger. Does the "News" really believe it can control voters with lies? All it has accomplished is total loss of reader respect which should result in lost revenue.
The paper has made a big to-do over its 100 years. But, if I and others show up this rag's readership betrayal, it won't last another 25 years.
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