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

various blank USA tax return forms_651704

various blank USA tax forms

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.

Copyright 2020 Nexstar Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.


Download Mobile Apps from WPRI 12
DOWNLOAD APPS NOW: Apple App Store | Google Play Store

12 on 12 - Cold Case Cards: All In

More Cold Case Cards All In

Veteran's Voices: Honoring Those Who Serve

More Veterans Voices

Dan Yorke State of Mind: Dan's Daily Update

DYSOM 10/22/2020: Sarah Bratko

More Dan Yorke State of Mind

Don't Miss

Viewer Pa on


More Live Cams

Community Events & Happenings

More Community

The Border Report Tour

More Border Report Tour