FORMER POLICE CHIEF CHARGED WITH TWO COUNTSOF FILING A FALSE OR FRAUDULENT TAX RETURN

Dec 2 2014
FORMER POLICE CHIEF CHARGED WITH TWO COUNTS OF FILING A FALSE OR FRAUDULENT TAX RETURN

 

MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has announced that on December 2, 2014, the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a criminal complaint in Dane County Circuit Court, accusing Douglas H. Pettit, a Dane county resident, of two counts of filing a false or fraudulent tax return, contrary to Wis. Stat. § 71.83(2)(b)1.  An initial appearance is scheduled for December 29, 2014 at 10 am.

 

According to the criminal complaint, Mr. Pettit submitted tax returns to the Wisconsin Department of Revenue (DOR) for 2010, 2011, and 2012.   Based upon its investigation, DOJ and DOR determined that Mr. Pettit earned more income than he reported on his tax returns.  Mr. Pettit reported income from his former employment with the Village of Oregon, but Pettit did not report income received from providing security services to other businesses.  The total amount of unreported income throughout the three-year period is $43,083, resulting in the underpayment of income taxes to the State of Wisconsin in the amount of $2,946. 

 

Filing a false or fraudulent tax return is a Class H felony under Wisconsin law.  The maximum possible penalty for this offense includes a fine not to exceed $10,000 and a term of imprisonment not to exceed six years, or both. 

 

A criminal complaint is a document that alleges that a crime was committed by a person or a corporation.  The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.  A copy of the criminal complaint is available here.

 

 

The Wisconsin Department of Justice and the Wisconsin Department of Revenue investigated this matter.   Assistant Attorney General Donald V. Latorraca represents the State of Wisconsin in this case.