Thomasville man charged with tax evasion, other crimes

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GREENSBORO, N.C. — A federal grand jury indicted a Thomasville man Tuesday, charging him with one count of tax evasion among other crimes.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Paul Douglas Tharp, also known as Doug Tharp, was charged with one count of tax evasion, three counts of filing false tax returns, one count of making false statements on aircraft maintenance records, one count of aggravated identity theft and four counts of serving as an airman without an airman’s certificate.

The indictment alleges that from 2011 to 2014 Tharp attempted to evade payment of income taxes he owed for the tax years 2004 through 2007 by filing false documents, including false tax returns, with the Internal Revenue Service.

It also alleges that Tharp forged the signature of a licensed mechanic on aircraft maintenance records and served as an airman without the required certification.

If convicted, Tharp could face a maximum sentence of five years in prison for the tax evasion charge, three years in prison for each count of filing a false tax return, three years in prison for each count of serving as an airman without an airman’s certificate, five years in prison for making false statements and a two-year mandatory prison sentence for aggravated identity theft.

He would also face substantial monetary penalties, supervised release and restitution.