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Owner of Motley Golf Club sentenced for tax evasion

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Motley Golf Club owner Roger Martin Pedley was sentenced Wednesday in federal court for evading taxes for the tax years 2006-2009, the U.S. Department of Justice Attorney’s Office for the District of Minnesota reported.

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Pedley was indicted on April 9, 2013, and pleaded guilty to four counts of tax evasion on Aug. 12, 2013. United States District Court Chief Judge Michael J. Davis sentenced Pedley to one year and one day in prison on each of the four counts, to be served concurrently, and ordered Pedley to pay $489,623 in restitution.

According to his plea agreement, Pedley admitted to owning and operating the Pine Ridge Golf Course in Motley as well as engaging in other business ventures. These ventures generated considerable cash income for Pedley. In his plea agreement, Pedley also admitted to engaging in transactions with this cash at various banks in ways that avoided triggering the banks’ federal currency reporting requirements. In addition, Pedley admitted that he failed to declare the cash as income on his personal income tax returns, filed jointly with his wife for tax years 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009.

This case was the result of an investigation by the IRS-Criminal Investigation Division. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney John Docherty.

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