Savage man charged with multiple tax crimes
ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Revenue announced that the Scott County Attorney’s Office recently charged Ralph George Bone, of Savage, with four felony counts of failing to file individual income tax returns.
According to the complaint, Mr. Bone failed to file his state income tax returns for tax years 2015 through 2018. The complaint states that Mr. Bone earned enough income during those years to be required to file income tax returns in Minnesota. It is alleged that Mr. Bone owes more than $140,000 in income tax, penalties, and interest for tax years 2015 through 2018.
Each tax-related felony charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison, a $10,000 fine, or both. Defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
Although most taxpayers comply with tax laws voluntarily, the department takes enforcement action against noncompliant taxpayers to ensure that tax laws are administered fairly.
Many of the department’s criminal case referrals come from public tips. There is a 24-hour tip line for anyone who suspects that a person or business is violating Minnesota tax laws. Local callers may dial 651-297-5195 or call toll-free by dialing 1-800-657-3500. Tips can also be submitted to the department by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tipsters may choose to remain anonymous.