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October 9, 1997
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A former Ranson, W.Va., doctor was found guilty Wednesday in Jefferson County Circuit Court of failing to pay taxes and file tax reports in 1995 and 1996. Dr. Ardyce Bull, whose medical license expired in 1996, will be sentenced Dec. 8. Circuit Judge Christopher Wilkes ordered a pre-sentence investigation after the jury returned guilty verdicts Wednesday on two counts of failure to account for and pay another person's state withholding tax, two counts of attempted evasion of West Virginia health care provider's tax, five counts of failure to file a tax return, and one count of attempted evasion of West Virginia personal income tax. She is being held at the Eastern Regional Jail pending her December sentencing.
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by RICHARD F. BELISLE | August 9, 2005
waynesboro@herald-mail.com Richard Allen Cook, owner of the John Wallace Kitchen, a downtown restaurant, has been sentenced to seven years probation after pleading guilty to state tax evasion charges, according to a press release from Gregory C. Fajt, secretary of revenue for Pennsylvania. Fajt said in a press release Monday that Cook, 55, pleaded guilty Aug. 1 to 25 counts, including failure to remit state sales taxes collected from his customers and state income taxes withheld from employees' paychecks.
NEWS
By ERIN JULIUS | August 21, 2008
HAGERSTOWN -- A federal indictment was handed up last week against the owner of a Christian retreat in Hagerstown after prosecutors alleged he failed to claim $843,410 in taxable income over three years. Otis Ray Hope faces three counts of tax evasion and one count of subscribing to a false document, the indictment shows. The indictment was filed Aug. 14 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. The Shiloh Conference and Retreat Center was a Christian retreat center, which hosted church groups over the weekends.
NEWS
June 4, 2009
BALTIMORE -- The former owner of a Hagerstown Christian retreat pleaded guilty Thursday to federal charges of tax evasion and subscribing to a false document, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein. Those charges against Otis Ray Hope, 53, of Aiken, S.C., and formerly of Hagerstown, were related to the filing of a federal tax exemption for Shiloh Ministries of Hagerstown, the release says. He also pleaded guilty to a federal charge of conspiracy to commit bank fraud related to a $1.75 million loan he obtained on behalf of Shiloh Ministries, according to the release.
NEWS
June 6, 2009
Koko Taylor, 'Queen of the Blues,' dies at 80 Williamsport grads given words of encouragement William Christopher "Chris" Miller, 38 Former Shiloh Ministries owner pleads guilty to tax evasion Seamstresses exempted from unemployment insurance law
OPINION
By ALLAN POWELL | February 3, 2012
If you have a weak stomach or are prone to heartburn, you would be wise to avoid “Treasure Islands,” written by Nicholas Shaxson. He is a competent investigative reporter whose mission is made clear in his subtitle, “Uncovering The Damage of Offshore Banking and Tax Havens.” This is another “must read,” even though its findings are disturbing and alarming. Most of us are aware that people and corporations evade paying their taxes by hiding their money in banks on island retreats such as the Cayman Islands.
NEWS
April 15, 2010
Martinsburg man charged after traffic stop, also wanted in Florida and Georgia MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A Martinsburg man wanted in Florida and Georgia on outstanding felony charges was arrested early Thursday after police found him in possession of about $1,500 worth of marijuana during a traffic stop on Interstate 81, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records. Mario Brentton Gillespie, 32, of 203 Forbes Drive, was arraigned by Magistrate JoAnn Overington on charges of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, no insurance and improper registration, according to court records.
NEWS
October 26, 2012
Bail was set at $25,000 Friday in Washington County Circuit Court for a Boonsboro man recently indicted on a charge of obtaining property and physically neglecting a vulnerable adult. Paul P. Boccone, 56, of 19310 Manor Church Road, was being held without bond prior to the Friday bond review hearing before Circuit Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr. Assistant State's Attorney Brett Wilson requested bond be set at $50,000, noting that Boccone is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 9 in federal court in Virginia on unrelated drug distribution, conspiracy and payroll tax evasion charges.
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By DAVE McMILLION | May 21, 1999
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Former Martinsburg accountant Michael L. Welshans, who is serving a seven-year prison sentence for bilking the Internal Revenue Service, the state and 35 clients of more than $1.6 million, was arraigned on 57 more charges Friday in Berkeley County Circuit Court, according to Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Games-Neely. The charges had been filed against Welshans in three Berkeley County indictments, but Welshans never was arraigned on them after the federal case was brought against him, Games-Neely said.
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October 26, 2012
Bail was set at $25,000 Friday in Washington County Circuit Court for a Boonsboro man recently indicted on a charge of obtaining property and physically neglecting a vulnerable adult. Paul P. Boccone, 56, of 19310 Manor Church Road, was being held without bond prior to the Friday bond review hearing before Circuit Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr. Assistant State's Attorney Brett Wilson requested bond be set at $50,000, noting that Boccone is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 9 in federal court in Virginia on unrelated drug distribution, conspiracy and payroll tax evasion charges.
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OPINION
By ALLAN POWELL | February 3, 2012
If you have a weak stomach or are prone to heartburn, you would be wise to avoid “Treasure Islands,” written by Nicholas Shaxson. He is a competent investigative reporter whose mission is made clear in his subtitle, “Uncovering The Damage of Offshore Banking and Tax Havens.” This is another “must read,” even though its findings are disturbing and alarming. Most of us are aware that people and corporations evade paying their taxes by hiding their money in banks on island retreats such as the Cayman Islands.
NEWS
April 15, 2010
Martinsburg man charged after traffic stop, also wanted in Florida and Georgia MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A Martinsburg man wanted in Florida and Georgia on outstanding felony charges was arrested early Thursday after police found him in possession of about $1,500 worth of marijuana during a traffic stop on Interstate 81, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records. Mario Brentton Gillespie, 32, of 203 Forbes Drive, was arraigned by Magistrate JoAnn Overington on charges of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, no insurance and improper registration, according to court records.
NEWS
August 4, 2009
BALTIMORE -- A former Hagerstown minister was sentenced Tuesday to more than three years in prison for tax evasion and subscribing to a false document. U.S. District Judge William M. Nickerson sentenced Otis Ray Hope, 53, now of Aiken, S.C., to 37 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release. Nickerson also ordered Hope to pay restitution of $2,422,320. The charges against Hope were related to the filing of a federal tax exemption for Shiloh Ministries of Hagerstown and for conspiracy to commit bank fraud in connection with a $1.75 million loan Hope obtained on behalf of Shiloh Ministries, U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein said Tuesday.
NEWS
June 6, 2009
Koko Taylor, 'Queen of the Blues,' dies at 80 Williamsport grads given words of encouragement William Christopher "Chris" Miller, 38 Former Shiloh Ministries owner pleads guilty to tax evasion Seamstresses exempted from unemployment insurance law
NEWS
June 4, 2009
BALTIMORE -- The former owner of a Hagerstown Christian retreat pleaded guilty Thursday to federal charges of tax evasion and subscribing to a false document, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein. Those charges against Otis Ray Hope, 53, of Aiken, S.C., and formerly of Hagerstown, were related to the filing of a federal tax exemption for Shiloh Ministries of Hagerstown, the release says. He also pleaded guilty to a federal charge of conspiracy to commit bank fraud related to a $1.75 million loan he obtained on behalf of Shiloh Ministries, according to the release.
NEWS
February 8, 2009
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NEWS
By ERIN JULIUS | August 21, 2008
HAGERSTOWN -- A federal indictment was handed up last week against the owner of a Christian retreat in Hagerstown after prosecutors alleged he failed to claim $843,410 in taxable income over three years. Otis Ray Hope faces three counts of tax evasion and one count of subscribing to a false document, the indictment shows. The indictment was filed Aug. 14 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. The Shiloh Conference and Retreat Center was a Christian retreat center, which hosted church groups over the weekends.
NEWS
August 22, 2007
Another side to the prison story To the editor: As an incarcerated subscriber to The Morning Herald, I was looking forward to the look inside the prison complex here in Washington County. However, I was disappointed by the MCI story. I had expected some investigative reporting and instead I read soundbites from the prison's "pals" - the ones paraded out to say non-damaging things about the administration, staff and overall conditions inside. The article did touch on a federal court order to reduce the population of the main building down to the 617 that there are six-by-nine cells for. But it did not elaborate on the fact that court order was not only not carried out, but that basement space was utilized to put several dozen more men into the main building.
NEWS
by RICHARD F. BELISLE | August 9, 2005
waynesboro@herald-mail.com Richard Allen Cook, owner of the John Wallace Kitchen, a downtown restaurant, has been sentenced to seven years probation after pleading guilty to state tax evasion charges, according to a press release from Gregory C. Fajt, secretary of revenue for Pennsylvania. Fajt said in a press release Monday that Cook, 55, pleaded guilty Aug. 1 to 25 counts, including failure to remit state sales taxes collected from his customers and state income taxes withheld from employees' paychecks.
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