Scituate fisherman pleads guilty to more than $250k tax evasion

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WPRI) — A man from Scituate’s Hope Village pleaded guilty Monday to tax evasion, according to federal prosecutors.

Billie Schofield worked for local fishing companies between 2005 and 2016, according to the Rhode Island Attorney General’s office.

Prosecutors said Schofield earned hundreds of thousands of dollars in income through several commercial activities, but funneled that income through a business. He filed false income tax returns and sent bogus checks to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in an attempt to pay off an IRS lien on his property.

Taxpayers lost more than $250,000 through Schofield’s conduct, prosecutors said.

Schofield is set to be sentenced Sept. 13. He faces a maximum of five years in prison as well as monetary penalties and restitution, and probation.

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