I know what it feels like on a day like today. Much like Paul Pogue has done or is doing, I, too, walked up the steps into a federal courthouse, faced a judge and heard a verdict that was life changing. I, too, like Paul Pogue had plead guilty to tax evasion. Our circumstances were quite different, but the crime, in the eyes of the law, was the same.
Today – Paul Pogue – steps before a judge and finds out his sentence.
For more details my past post is here: http://chuckgallagher.wordpress.com/2010/02/24/paul-pogue-texan-guilty-of-tax-evasion-it-is-that-time-of-year/
In my case the judge said – “18 months active and 3 years probation” – and with that the gavel fell and my life changed.
By the time this is posted, Paul has likely heard his sentence. And, while I have no crystal ball, I would suspect from the reported crime and amount of tax evaded, Paul will receive a sentence much like mine. I’d guess 12 to 18 months active with probation following as well as order to pay back taxes, interest and penalties. Probation is possible, but based on the sentence in another Dallas tax evasion case where a 40 month sentence was issued, it will be interesting to see if the court is lenient on Mr. Pogue.
UPDATE: JUDGMENT – PROBATION 3 YEARS
When the sentence is reported…I will update this blog for those who follow. Meanwhile, the following should be noted:
- Good people can make bad choices and every choice has a consequence which can include Prison!
- We must face the consequences of our choices and we will either – from future choices become victims or victors!
- Paul and his family will need your support and kindness during this process which I bet is unfamiliar territory!
- We are not defined by our past choices, rather our future and the impact we have on others is defined by the choices we make today!
As always – YOUR COMMENTS ARE WELCOME