Camden businessman sentenced for tax theft

Posted Jan. 25, 2013, at 1:36 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — A well-known Camden businessman will serve 30 days in jail after admitting Friday that he failed to pay $19,000 in sales taxes over a period of several years.

David A. Dickey, 58, of Camden was sentenced by Justice Jeffrey Hjelm in Knox County Superior Court to 30 days for theft by misapplication of property and for failure to collect state sales tax.

The charge involves the sales at an ice cream shop that his attorney Robert Rubin of Rockport said was established to provide jobs for his children. The charges state that the sales tax was not paid to the state from July 2006 through November 2010 at the Riverhouse Ice Cream Stand.

Assistant Attorney General Gregg Bernstein told Hjelm that Dickey has been extremely cooperative since the state began its investigation. He said Dickey repaid the $19,000 two months ago along with about $9,000 in interest.

Bernstein said the state also looked into his taxes at the Riverhouse Inn, which Dickey owns and operates in Camden, and no problems were found.

Rubin said Dickey was sorry for his behavior. The defense attorney said his client’s real failing was that he did not act promptly to correct the tax problem when he first found it.

The judge agreed to hold off the start of the jail term at the Knox County Jail until Feb. 18 to allow Dickey to handle a couple of events in Camden that require him to work at the inn.

Dickey also was ordered to pay a $15 per day jail reimbursement fee.

Dickey was indicted on the charges in July.

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