Former dentist gets probation
A former Rockdale dentist has pleaded guilty to tax evasion in federal district court and received a five-year probated sentence.
Dr. John R. Rinn entered the plea last month in Western District Court, Austin.
Dr. Rinn was arrested at his Rockdale home last October after he was indicted by a federal grand jury on three counts of income tax evasion.
Mike Lemoine, special agent for the Internal Revenue Service’s San Antonio office, said the charges allege Dr. Rinn stopped paying federal income tax in 1995 and “willfully attempted to evade and defeat the payment” of income taxes.
CONDITIONS—Probation conditions imposed upon Dr. Rinn call for him to “abide by the terms of his plea agreement and satisf y his obligation of $443,750.25 to the IRS.
He was also ordered to submit to an evaluation for mental health counseling and participate in a mental health program.
Dr. Rinn had maintained he was being charged with a law “that doesn’t even exist” and also that he did not owe income tax.
Lemoine, said the charges allege Dr. Rinn stopped paying federal income tax in 1995 and “willfully attempted to evade and defeat the payment” of income taxes.
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.
“Even though Dr Rinn received a probated sentence, taxpayers need to know that they place their liberty at great risk when they act upon frivolous beliefs concerning the tax system,” Lemoine said.
“The law is crystal clear. People must pay their taxes. There is no gray area on this issue,” he said, “For decades, the courts have consistently upheld tax laws.”