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Date: 07-12-2018

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United States of America v. Jerry R. Harper, Jr.

Western District of Virginia Federal Courthouse - Roanoke, Virginia

Case Number: 7:18-cr-00025-EKD

Judge: Elizabeth K. Dillon

Court: United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia (Roanoke County)

Plaintiff's Attorney: Charlene Rene Day and Daniel Thomas McGraw

Defendant's Attorney: Joel Miller

Description: Roanoke, VA - Virginia Pharmacist Pleads Guilty To $5 Million Employment Tax Fraud

A Collinsville, Virginia pharmacist pleaded guilty on July 12, 2018 to failing to account for and pay over employment taxes, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and U.S. Thomas T. Cullen for the Western District of Virginia.

According to court documents, Jerry R. Harper, Jr., 61, owned and operated Family Discount Pharmacy, Inc. (FDP) in Stanleytown, Virginia, with multiple locations in Stuart, Rocky Mount, Chatham, and Brosville, Virginia. As owner of FDP, Harper was responsible for collecting and paying over FDP’s employment taxes. From 1998 through 2014, FDP accrued employment tax liabilities of more than $5 million. Harper withheld these taxes from FDP employees’ wages, but did not pay the taxes to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). In over 15 years, Harper only filed one employment tax return with the IRS.

Harper admitted that instead of providing the employment taxes to the IRS, he caused FDP to pay his personal expenses. For example, Harper wired over $1 million to his personal bank account, made over $500,000 in stock market investments, spent over $100,000 on his son’s pharmacy school tuition, and purchased over $370,000 of real property in Virginia and North Carolina. Harper also used part of the money to purchase a Jeep Grand Cherokee and a jet ski.

“Today’s guilty plea sends a clear message that this type of conduct will not be tolerated,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Zuckerman. “Employment tax violations represent tens of billions of dollars in lost revenue to the U.S. Treasury and the Justice Department is committed to prosecuting individuals involved in these tax frauds.”

Sentencing is scheduled for October 26, 2018. Harper faces a statutory maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, a period of supervised release, restitution, and monetary penalties.

Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Zuckerman and U.S. Attorney Cullen commended special agents of IRS Criminal Investigation, who conducted the investigation, and Tax Division Trial Attorney Daniel McGraw and Assistant U.S. Attorney Charlene Day, who are prosecuting the case.

Additional information about the Tax Division and its enforcement efforts may be found on the division’s website.

Pending Counts
Disposition
26:7202.F - WILLFUL FAILURE TO COLLECT/PAY OVER TAX - 26:7202 - (Quarter ending 09/30/2011)
(1)
26:7202.F - WILLFUL FAILURE TO COLLECT/PAY OVER TAX - 26:7202 - (Quarter ending 12/31/2011)
(2)
26:7202.F - WILLFUL FAILURE TO COLLECT/PAY OVER TAX - 26:7202 - (Quarter ending 03/31/2012)
(3)
26:7202.F - WILLFUL FAILURE TO COLLECT/PAY OVER TAX - 26:7202 - (Quarter ending 06/30/2012)
(4)
26:7202.F - WILLFUL FAILURE TO COLLECT/PAY OVER TAX - 26:7202 - (Quarter ending 09/30/2012)
(5)
26:7202.F - WILLFUL FAILURE TO COLLECT/PAY OVER TAX - 26:7202 - (Quarter ending 12/31/2012)
(6)
26:7202.F - WILLFUL FAILURE TO COLLECT/PAY OVER TAX - 26:7202 - (Quarter ending 03/31/2013)
(7)
26:7202.F - WILLFUL FAILURE TO COLLECT/PAY OVER TAX - 26:7202 - (Quarter ending 06/30/2013)
(8)
26:7202.F - WILLFUL FAILURE TO COLLECT/PAY OVER TAX - 26:7202 - (Quarter ending 09/30/2013)
(9)
26:7202.F - WILLFUL FAILURE TO COLLECT/PAY OVER TAX - 26:7202 - (Quarter ending 12/31/2013)
(10)
26:7202.F - WILLFUL FAILURE TO COLLECT/PAY OVER TAX - 26:7202 - (Quarter ending 03/31/2014)
(11)

Outcome: 07/12/2018 19 Minute Entry for proceedings held before District Judge Elizabeth K. Dillon:Guilty Plea Hearing as to Jerry R. Harper, Jr held on 7/12/2018 Plea entered by Jerry R. Harper Jr. (1) Guilty Count 8,10. (Court Reporter: J. Meyer) (bw)
07/12/2018 20 PLEA AGREEMENT as to Jerry R. Harper, Jr. (Attachment: # 1 Attachment A)(bw)
07/12/2018 21 Statement of Facts as to Jerry R. Harper, Jr. (Attachment: # 1 Attachment A)(bw)
07/12/2018 22 Guilty Plea Form as to Jerry R. Harper, Jr. (bw)
07/12/2018 23 NOTICE OF HEARING as to Jerry R. Harper, Jr (BOND) (CR) (No Interpreter requested) ; Sentencing set for 10/26/2018 01:30 PM in Roanoke before District Judge Elizabeth K. Dillon.(bw)
07/12/2018 24 Judge Dillon Sentencing Scheduling Order as to Jerry R. Harper, Jr (Responses due by 10/19/2018). Signed by District Judge Elizabeth K. Dillon on 7/12/2018. (bw)

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