Former Weston man pleads guilty to federal tax charge
Published 2:50 pm, Thursday, May 6, 2010
A former Weston resident pleaded guilty Thursday to violating federal tax laws.
Michael Harrison, 52, who now lives in Newburgh, N.Y., pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Hartford to one count of making and subscribing a false tax return, according to a statement from Nora R. Dannehy, the U.S. attorney for Connecticut.
According to court documents and statements made in court, Harrison in July 2004 filed a false federal tax return for 2002. The tax return failed to report $514,727.62 in income that Harrison was paid in 2002 from Danone Waters of North America, where he worked until October 2002, Dannehy said.
His "willful omission" of that income on his personal tax return resulted in a tax loss of about $204,000 to the government, Dannehy said.
Judge Christopher Droney has scheduled sentencing for Harrison on July 23, and he faces a maximum prison term of three years and a fine of up to approximately $770,000.
Harrison also will be required to pay back taxes and interest in the approximate amount of $385,000.