Former Motley golf course owner sentenced to prison

A former owner of a Motley golf club, the Pine Ridge, was sentenced May 21 to one year and one day in prison for evading his tax liabilities.

Roger Pedley, 71, who lived in Motley, was sentenced in federal court in Duluth and ordered to pay $489,623 in restitution. He was also fined $60,000 for evading his taxes from 2006 – 2009.

Pedley was charged with tax evasion April 9, 2013, and pleaded guilty to tax evasion in August 2013. He admitted there were more than 100 cash transactions for less than $10,000 each, just below the limit that required reporting to the U.S. Treasury.

Pedley had accounts at eight financial institutions in the cities of Staples, Little Falls, Wadena, Nisswa and Litchfield and one in Omaha, Neb.

  • NehmoSergheyev

    The obvious question is what kind of transactions were these less-than-$10K ones? Did it have something to do with owning a golf course?

    It’s interesting to note the defendant’s age, 71. Nowadays in the US, lots of old people are doing time. It used to be an excuse or sorts, but now that prison business people make money on a per-person basis, they’ll take anybody they can get.