FOLLOW-UP

Tax case against Presque Isle man could go to trial this summer

Posted April 09, 2011, at 6:05 p.m.
Last modified April 10, 2011, at 6:32 p.m.

Editor’s Note: This article is part of a feature called Follow-up in which BDN staff update stories from the past to inform readers of the ongoing effects of subjects covered in the initial reports and any new developments.

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — A Presque Isle man who was charged last fall with 12 misdemeanor counts related to his alleged failure to file and pay Maine income taxes could go to trial early this summer.

Assistant Attorney General Gregg Bernstein said on Wednesday that an attorney for Alan F. Harding, 57, who also is a Presque Isle attorney, was in Augusta District Court earlier in the week for a procedural matter related to the case.

He said that Harding, who was charged last November with six counts of failure to make and file Maine income tax returns and six counts of failure to pay Maine state income taxes, could be scheduled for trial in June or July.

Harding has pleaded not guilty to all charges. Information about the matter was turned over to the Attorney General’s Office after an inquiry by an agent with Maine Revenue Services in Augusta.

Bernstein, who is prosecuting the case, said that the misdemeanor charges stemmed from Harding’s alleged failure to file tax returns and pay income taxes from 2004 to 2009.

He could not comment on the amount of tax money allegedly involved.

“Because it is a tax case, this has to go through the process,” he said on Wednesday. “I can’t say how much money is involved. All of that will come out in court.”

The charges were filed in Augusta because it is more centrally located to the Attorney General’s Office.

Harding has not yet personally appeared in court. He has been represented by his attorney, Walter McKee of the Augusta-based law firm Lipman Katz & McKee. McKee entered pleas of not guilty to all 12 counts on Harding’s behalf, according to Bernstein.

McKee could not be reached for comment this week.

The maximum penalty for conviction on each Class D charge is up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $2,000.

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