(UPDATE, MARCH 25) The reserving photograph above is from the Cascade County Detention Middle. O’Connell was booked into the jail at 2:54 a.m. on Thursday on two costs: driving inebriated (1st offense), and illegal possession of open alcoholic beverage container in motorized vehicle on freeway.
(WEDNESDAY, MARCH 24) Thomas O’Connell of Nice Falls has pleaded responsible to employment tax fraud, in keeping with the U.S. Division of Justice.
Based on court docket paperwork, O’Connell owned and operated three plumbing companies based mostly in Nice Falls – High quality Plumbing and Heating, Orbit Plumbing and Heating, and Orbit PHC.
From no less than 2005 by means of 2016, O’Connell didn’t pay employment taxes for a number of quarters, regardless of being obligated to make sure such taxes have been paid to the IRS. As a substitute, he directed funds to different collectors and to his personal private bills.
The whole tax loss to the IRS from O’Connell’s conduct is greater than $550,000.
O’Connell is scheduled to be sentenced on June 24, 2021, and faces as much as 5 years in jail. He additionally faces a interval of supervised launch, restitution, and financial penalties.
A federal district court docket choose will decide any sentence after contemplating the U.S. Sentencing Tips and different statutory elements.
Appearing Deputy Assistant Lawyer Common Stuart M. Goldberg of the Justice Division’s Tax Division and Appearing U.S. Lawyer Leif M. Johnson for the District of Montana made the announcement in a information launch on Wednesday, March 24.