Mobile police officer arrested, charged with tax evasion

Mobile police officer arrested, charged with tax evasion

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MOBILE, AL (WSFA) -

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange's office says it has arrested and charged a Mobile police officer with state income tax evasion and filing false returns.

Donald Pears, 61, surrendered at the Mobile County Sheriff's Office, the AG's office says.

Attorney General Strange's Special Prosecutions Division presented evidence to a Mobile County grand jury on December 9, resulting in Pears' indictment.

The indictment charges Pears with four counts of evading his personal income taxes and four counts of filing false income tax returns under penalty of perjury. The charges involve alleged violations involving the years 2007 through 2010.

If convicted, Pears faces a penalty of five years imprisonment and a $100,000 fine for each of the counts of income tax evasion, and three years imprisonment and a fine of $100,000 for each of the counts of filing false returns.

No additional details were released.

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