Pedley pleads guilty to tax evasion

In federal court, Aug. 12, Roger Martin Pedley pleaded guilty to four counts of tax evasion, for years 2006 – 2009. Pedley, who was indicted April 9, entered his plea before Chief United States District Judge Michael J. Davis.

In his plea agreement, Pedley admitted owning and operating the Pine Ridge Golf Course in Motley as well as engaging in other business ventures. These ventures generated considerable cash income for Pedley.

Pedley also admitted engaging in transactions with this cash at various banks in ways that avoided triggering the banks’ federal currency reporting requirements. In addition, Pedley admitted that he failed to declare the cash as income on his personal income tax returns, filed jointly with his wife for tax years 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009.

For his crimes, Pedley faces a potential maximum penalty of five years in prison on each count. Judge Davis will determine his sentence at a future hearing, yet to be scheduled.

This case is the result of an investigation by the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigations. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney John Docherty.

Pedley recently sold the golf course.