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South Burlington Man Charged With Multiple Income Tax Offenses

CONTACT: Jeffrey Schinnerer, Assistant Attorney General, (802) 828-6907

March 27, 2008 - The Attorney General’s Office and The Department of Taxes announced today that Charles H. Rocheteau of South Burlington, Vermont, has been charged with two felony counts of Failing to File Income Tax Returns and three felony counts of Failure to Pay Income Taxes. Mr. Rocheteau was arraigned today in Washington District Court, Barre, where he pleaded not guilty and was released on standard conditions set by the Court.

The charges stem from an investigation conducted by the Vermont Department of Taxes and the Attorney General’s Office. According to papers filed with the Court, Mr. Rocheteau has not filed annual Vermont Income Tax Returns with the Vermont Department of Taxes for tax years 1999 – 2001 and 2003 – 2004. The investigation revealed that during this time period, Mr. Rocheteau was gainfully employed and received taxable income within the State from his employer. An audit conducted by the Vermont Department of Taxes estimated that Mr. Rocheteau owes the State approximately $4,315.85 in outstanding personal income taxes for the tax years 2002-2004.

If convicted, Charles Rocheteau could face up to three years imprisonment and a fine of up to $10,000 for each felony count.

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