Uncle Sam's dime

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Uncle Sam's dime -- Smith Treuer was welcomed back to town by family and friends last week with a reception at Rogue's Manor. Seen here with his son Latigo (left), wife Debbie, and daughter Fatima (far right), Smith was in great spirits after what he called "a six-month vacation in Texarkana on the United States' credit card."

Photo by C. D. White

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  • Welcome home!

    -- Posted by donthepoet on Thu, Nov 3, 2011, at 3:56 PM
  • What kind of reporting is this?!?!?!?! Why not tell us what this guy was doing in Texarkana? From the sound of it (6-months on the government credit card), my guess is he was in prison. Welcome home, former criminal! How did you like your sentence? How many times were you raped in those 6 months? Hey, if you're looking for a job and have a bit of common sense, I hear the LCC can use some reporters!

    -- Posted by eufreka on Fri, Nov 4, 2011, at 8:27 AM
  • Holy crap! I was only kidding when I wrote the last comment. I just Googled Smith Treuer and he is a criminal!! Failure to file tax returns. Life doesn't get any funnier :)

    As Paul Harvey would say, now here's the rest of the story from http://harrisondaily.com/news/taxpayer-failed-to-file-k-tax-bill-month-sentence-...

    Posted: Tuesday, March 22, 2011 12:00 am

    FORT SMITH -- Robert Smith Treuer, 66, of Eureka Springs was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court, Western District of Arkansas, to serve six months in prison, followed by one year of supervised release, for willful failure to file a tax return, announced U.S. Attorney Conner Eldridge. U.S. District Court Chief Magistrate Judge James R. Marschewski imposed the sentence March 17 (2011) and ordered Treuer to pay a fine of $5,000 and restitution of $41,387 to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

    Treuer pled guilty Oct. 5, 2010, to one count of failing to file a federal income tax return with the IRS, in violation of Title 26 United States Code Section 7203.

    According to documents filed in court for Treuer's plea hearing, Treuer admitted that during calendar year 2000, he earned income, requiring him by law to file a federal income return with the IRS for that year. Treuer also admitted that the tax due and owing to the United States for calendar year 2000 was approximately $41,387.

    "Citizens have an obligation to file accurate and timely tax returns," stated Hubbard Burgess, acting special agent in charge, IRS Criminal Investigation-Nashville Field Office. "Those who intentionally fail to file such returns subject themselves to severe civil and criminal penalties.

    "As the April 18th deadline approaches, everyone is reminded of their responsibility to comply with the nation's tax laws."

    "The outcome of this case indicates that intentionally failing to file tax returns, and therefore, failing to pay taxes owed is a matter this office takes seriously," Eldridge added. "We will continue to take appropriate legal action in these cases, including criminal charges and civil remedies where appropriate."

    The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Dustin Roberts.

    The investigation was conducted by Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation.

    -- Posted by eufreka on Fri, Nov 4, 2011, at 10:04 PM
  • donthepoet, how long have you been around town?

    -- Posted by penny sullivan on Sat, Nov 5, 2011, at 8:38 PM
  • eufreka, how long have YOU been around Eureka or the surrounding area?

    -- Posted by penny sullivan on Sat, Nov 5, 2011, at 8:40 PM
  • Since 1988 Penny, although I've lived elsewhere for periods of time in between. When I am gone, I follow Geekfest and whatever Eureka's weekly newspaper is at the time, religiously. Lately, I also end up watching a good deal of ES council meeting on video (they are usually more entertaining than regular TV!)

    Why do you ask?

    -- Posted by eufreka on Sun, Nov 6, 2011, at 9:01 AM
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