The business owner of Morgantown pleads guilty to tax evasion

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The business owner of Morgantown pleads guilty to tax evasion

Harner is the owner and operator of Talan Trucking & Excavating, LLC and Harner Construction, LLC, both in Morgantown. Harner failed to pay the IRS more than $433,000 resulting from both businesses and his personal income taxes from 2008 to 2019, according to a release from Ihlenfeld’s office.

The Internal Revenue Service investigated the case.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael Aloi presided over Wednesday’s plea hearing.

Story Highlights

  • Travis Harner, 42, pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of “Filing False Income Tax Return.” Harner admitted to understating his income by more than $204,000, resulting in unpaid and due tax of more than $69,000, Ihlenfeld said. The crime occurred in April 2019 in Monongalia County.

  • Harner faces up to three years of in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000.