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Knox County Man Arrested for Tax Evasion

Wednesday, March 03, 2021 | 10:15am

Knoxville, Tenn. - The Special Investigations Section of the Tennessee Department of Revenue conducted the investigation that led to the indictment and arrest of Michael Patrick Boyle, Jr., for tax evasion.  Boyle, 52, was arrested on Monday by Revenue special agents.

On February 24, 2021, a Knox County Grand Jury indicted Boyle on two felony counts of tax evasion. The indictments allege Boyle provided false and fraudulent information to the Knox County Clerk’s Office regarding his registration of a boat and a vehicle.

“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, Boyle could be sentenced to a maximum of two years in the state penitentiary and fined up to $3,000 for each count of tax evasion.

The Department is pursuing this criminal case in cooperation with District Attorney Charme Allen’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 2020 fiscal year, it collected $15.1 billion in state taxes and fees and more than $3.2 billion in taxes and fees for local governments.

To learn more about the Department, visit www.tn.gov/revenue.

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