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Father and son indicted for tax evasion

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COLUMBUS, GA - Edward Griffin, Sr. and Edward Griffin, Jr., of Columbus, Georgia, were indicted by the grand jury in the Columbus Division Middle District of Georgia in separate indictments on April 14, 2010.

G.F. Peterman, III, Acting United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, announced that  Edward Griffin, Sr. was indicted for twelve (12) counts of Failure to Pay Over Withholding and F.I.C.A. Taxes, in violation of Title 26, United States Code, section 7202. 

The indictment alleges that Griffin, Sr. failed to pay over withholding taxes to the Internal Revenue Service in 2004 and 2005 in relation to income taxes and Federal Insurance Contributions Act (F.I.C.A.) taxes that had been withheld from the employees of three businesses, including Ecology Systems, Inc., Pekor Pumps, Inc., and Griffin & Griffin Holding Company, Inc. 

The maximum punishment in the event of conviction for each of the twelve charged offenses is five (5) years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, three (3) years supervised release, a $100 mandatory assessment fee, together with the costs of prosecution.

Edward Griffin, Jr. was indicted for six (6) counts of Failure to Pay Over Withholding and F.I.C.A. Taxes, in violation of Title 26, United States Code, section 7202.

The indictment alleges that Griffin, Jr. failed to pay over withholding taxes to the Internal Revenue Service in 2004 and 2005 in relation to income taxes and F.I.C.A. taxes that had been withheld from the employees of two businesses, including Peach Auto Painting & Collision of Columbus, Inc., and G & A Holding Company, Inc. 

The maximum punishment in the event of conviction for each of the six charged offenses is five (5) years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, three (3) years supervised release, a $100 mandatory assessment fee, together with the costs of prosecution.

"Criminal indictments are only charges and not evidence of guilt.  A defendant is presumed to be innocent until and unless proven guilty."       

Source: United States Attorney's Office

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