Ex-Rockdale dentist enters guilty plea

A former Rockdale dentist, accused of not paying income taxes since 1995, has pleaded guilty to income tax evasion in federal district court and is scheduled to be sentenced next month.

Dr. John R. Rinn is being held until the sentencing, according to Mike Lemoine, special agent for the Internal Revenue Service’s San Antonio field office.

“His criminal tax debt was put at $443,750.25.”

Dr. Rinn was arrested last October at his Rockdale home.

INDICTMENT—The original IRS indictment alleged Dr. Rinn owed $143,090 in income tax for 1995-2000, $6,656 for 2004 and $47,783 for 2005.

The indictments also allege he filed “false and fraudulent” W-4 forms and documents with the Milam County Clerk.

It also alleges he concealed the amount, true nature, source, extent and disposition of income by placing it in the name of an entity controlled by him.

It is also alleged that Dr. Rinn concealed proceeds he received upon the sale of an Affordable Dentures franchise he operated in Waco by assigning it to a “nominee” entity he controlled.

‘ORDEAL’—Dr. Rinn maintains he does not owe the income tax and has been charged with “ breaking a law that does not even exist.”

He told The Reporter last year he has undergone a “15-year ordeal where I have been told by U.S. agents that I must ‘voluntarily’ pay a tax that no United States law even specifies.”

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