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Big Sandy couple sentenced to federal prison for tax evasion

From Staff Reports
Sept. 30, 2011 at 8:32 a.m.


A Big Sandy couple was sentenced today to serve time in federal prison and to repay the Internal Revenue Service more than $570,000 for tax violations.

Timothy Patton, 61, was sentenced to 40 months in federal prison and his wife, Dawn Patton, 54, was sentenced to 36 months in federal prison, U.S. Attorney John M. Bales said. The couple was found guilty in July of conspiracy to attempt to evade federal income tax and five counts of attempting to evade federal income tax. The couple also was ordered to pay $571,734 restitution to the IRS.

Starting in 2000, the Pattons stopped filing federal income tax returns and began insisting that their employers not withhold any federal income tax, Bales said.

Timothy and Dawn Patton each provided false W-2s to their employer, claiming that each was single and exempt from income tax, Bales said. They also had their employers begin issuing paychecks to the Office of the Patriarch of the Gathering of the House of Israel, an entity created by Timothy Patton using an invalid employer identification number, he said.

The Pattons regularly refused to provide a Social Security number to their employers, he said. They also claimed they were not the people named in the indictment, and insisted on being called "Brother T" and "Mimi," Bales said.

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