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Man gets 3-month term in tax scheme


A 35-year-old Carroll County man who owed more than $94,000 in state and federal income taxes was sentenced this week to three months in the Anne Arundel County Detention Center, the state comptroller's office announced yesterday.

Gregory Wheatley, a contractor from Marriottsville, pleaded guilty to two counts of felony theft in March as part of an agreement with federal and state prosecutors. Anne Arundel Circuit Judge Raymond G. Thieme Jr. on Tuesday sentenced Wheatley to three years in prison on both counts, but suspended all but six months of the terms and ordered them served at the Anne Arundel County jail. Judge Thieme also ordered Wheatley to pay the $72,000 he owes to the IRS and to serve five years on probation.

Wheatley was indicted in November on 10 counts of tax evasion and theft after investigators found that he had submitted fraudulent income and withholding statements to the comptroller's office and to the Internal Revenue Service.

The comptroller's office said Wheatley claimed large amounts of his income had been withheld by two different employers from 1988 to 1992.

In fact, Wheatley was self-employed and had not paid any taxes, said Marvin A. Bond, a spokesman for the comptroller's office.

In all, Wheatley owed more than $6,600 in state income taxes and $88,100 in federal income taxes. He has paid all of the state income taxes, Mr. Bond said.


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