Paul Pogue Prison sentencing set for August 27th… Outcome: Probation or Prison?

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:

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.


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!


2 Responses to Paul Pogue Prison sentencing set for August 27th… Outcome: Probation or Prison?

  1. Jim the CPA says:

    It amazes me that poeple think they can under-report their income by over a $1 million and get away with it. They would be better off to get a decent CPA and legal cut their tax bill.

    I also find it a little surprising this guy got off more lightly than Wesley Snipes. I can’t imagine he is a better actor than Wesley…but then again…

  2. David Ballard says:

    Mr. Jim, CPA — it would be interesting to see if your opinion would remain the same if you were familiar with more details.

    As you may already know, federal prosecutors are graded by their success in prosecuting crimes, and often the notoriety of those accused furthers the personal agendas of said prosecutors. In this case, the name of someone like Mr. Pogue would bear greater significance than that of a lesser-known CPA. It would, therefore, be a more attractive target to a prosecutor.

    Also, some federal prosecutors work very hard outside of court, wielding their significant power in questionable ways. There have been complaints in the past of coerced plea bargains. It is not hard to imagine prosecutors could make closed-door threats against accuseds’ businesses and families, which could serve to discredit reputations. Consider also the cost and distraction that defending against such accusations would require.

    As you seem to be aware, Mr. Pogue was not sentenced to any imprisonment. What you may wish to learn is that, in court, the sentencing judge chastised the prosecutors for pursuing this case in the manner they did. If you wish to read the sentencing transcripts, it may help you increase your awareness about this case which seems to interest you.

    Much thanks for your consideration.

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