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Sumner County Resident Arrested for Tax Evasion and Forgery

Tuesday, April 09, 2019 | 03:44pm

GALLATIN - The Special Investigations Section of the Tennessee Department of Revenue conducted the investigation that led to the indictment and arrest of Timothy Crews.  Revenue special agents arrested Crews, 61, at his residence.  Bond was set at $5,000.

On April 5, 2019, the Sumner County Grand Jury indicted Crews on two Class E felony counts of forgery and one Class E felony count of tax evasion.  The indictments allege Crews presented fraudulent documents to the Sumner County Clerk’s Office when he registered a 1979 Pacemaker yacht, and this reduced the amount of taxes he owed.

“The Department of Revenue promotes voluntary taxpayer compliance by educating taxpayers, aggressively pursuing criminal sanctions and demanding accountability when taxpayers engage in fraudulent activity," Revenue Commissioner David Gerregano said.  "This indictment underscores the Department's ongoing efforts to enforce Tennessee's tax laws."

If convicted, Crews could be sentenced to a maximum of two years in the state penitentiary and fined up to $3,000 for each Class E felony.

The Department is pursuing this criminal case in cooperation with District Attorney Ray Whitley’s office.  Citizens who suspect violations of Tennessee's revenue laws should call the toll-free tax fraud hot line at (800) FRAUDTX (372-8389).

The Department of Revenue is responsible for the administration of state tax laws and motor vehicle title and registration laws, as well as the collection of taxes and fees associated with those laws.  The Department collects about 87 percent of total state revenue.  During the 2018 fiscal year, it collected $14.5 billion in state taxes and fees and more than $2.8 billion in taxes and fees for local governments.  To learn more about the Department, visit www.tn.gov/revenue.