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Bobby Medford was the Sheriff of Buncombe County and spent much of his life on the right side of the law, chasing criminals. Now, after allegedly getting involved with illegal gambling, he will face his most important gambling decision to date.
Medford must decide if he is going to plead not guilty and fight the Federal indictment that was handed down on him. If he chooses to fight the charges, the odds will certainly not be in his favor.
Last year, eighty seven percent of people who were charged with federal crimes plead guilty. That number indicates that once the Federal Government gets involved, the chances are pretty good they have already done the necessary investigating to lock people up.
At a local level, the numbers do not get much better for Medford. Eighty Eight percent of people in North Carolina that were charged federally last year plead guilty That was out of 922 people. Of the forty one that went to trial, only two were acquitted by a jury. So basically, unless Medford is planning to hire O.J.’s defense team, it might be better for him to plea out his case.
Chances are that if the case is plead out, Medford will receive less of a sentence than if he fights the charges and is found guilty.
He is set to be in court for a hearing and to find him a court appointed attorney. His long time lawyer has told the judge he might not be able to represent Medford.
Man Guilty in Gambling Case Serves Time, Then Gets IRS Bill
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Imagine that you plea out a criminal case and believe all your legal problems would end with the plea, then imagine getting hit with a $1 million tax bill after you serve your time.
That is what happened to a Dothan, Alabama, man. He plead guilty to illegal gambling charges back in 1999. The prison term was fifteen months. Tim Reeves believed at the time that he was pleading out everything and that no legal trouble would follow him once he served his sentence.
Now Reeves and his attorneys are claiming that the government broke their own deal by sending him a tax bill for the time he was running the illegal gambling operation.
“My whole deal in settling all of this was that it was going to all go away,” said reeves, “But we’re still here nine years later?”
A Federal judge ruled that Reeves is still responsible for the bill and that the plea agreement he made had nothing to do with money he owed the IRS.
The breakdown of the money Reeves owes is as follows, $335,000 in Federal excise taxes, $117,250 in civil fraud penalties, and interest on those two totals that has brought the total over $1 million, according to Reeves.