May 23, 2018
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Newburgh man indicted on failure to pay state income tax, file returns

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — A Newburgh man was indicted Monday by the Penobscot County grand jury on four counts of failure to pay Maine income tax and one count of failure to make and file Maine income tax returns.

It was the second time in the past decade that Charles V. Clune, 63, has faced tax charges.

In 2001, according to a report previously published in the Bangor Daily News, Clune was convicted in 3rd District Court in Bangor on three counts of failure to pay taxes or file returns.

He was sentenced to nine months in jail with all but 10 days suspended and one year of probation. He also was ordered to pay $18,650 in restitution and to perform 100 hours of community service.

Clune now faces Class C felony charges because of his previous convictions, according to Maine Assistant Attorney General William Baghdoyan, who prosecutes tax cases.

Since Clune’s conviction, Baghdoyan said Monday, he has filed returns every year but 2006. Clune, however, allegedly failed to pay all of his taxes in 2003, 20004, 2005 and 2007.

Clune owes a total of about $5,000 in back taxes on the most recent charges and has not paid all of the restitution he owes on the 2001 conviction, the prosecutor said.

He is scheduled to be arraigned Friday, April 17, in Penobscot County Superior Court on the new charges.

If convicted, he faces up to five years in state prison, a fine of up to $5,000 and would be ordered to pay his back taxes to the state.

Clune has not been charged in U.S. District Court in Bangor with failing to pay federal income tax.


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