Parkersburg Attorney Sentenced For Federal Tax Crimes

By: Phillip Hickman Email
By: Phillip Hickman Email

A Parkersburg attorney who pleaded guilty to a federal tax crime is headed to prison.

Richard Hayhurst was sentenced to 21 months behind bars in federal court in Charleston Wednesday morning.

Following his time in custody Hayhurst will have to serve 3 years supervised release and will also has to pay $400,000 in restitution.

Back in November Hayhurst pleaded guilty to failure to pay trust fund taxes for employees.

Federal officials say in total Hayhurst failed to pay more than $405,000 in taxes.

Prosecutors say Hayhurst withheld money from employees' paychecks for taxes between 2000 and 2006.

But did not pay that money to the IRS.

They also said he failed to pay his own personal income taxes for three years during that time.


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  • by Puzzled Location: St. Marys on Apr 16, 2010 at 10:29 PM
    Some comments on here just illustrate the point that I have made on other stories - what the American public doesn't know is what makes it the American public. For the record, the particular offense that Mr. Hayhurst plead guilty to carries a minimum sentence of one year, and he received nearly double that. He also was sentenced to actual incarceration, not probation or home confinement. He will serve it in a facility that is not just for white collar defendants, but for low security risk inmates - there are drug related offenders in the same facility. Mr. Hayhurst is not a mayor, nor is he a judge, although he is the city attorney for a town. And, it should be noted that after he was sentenced, he was interviewed and did not go the "no comment" route that a lot of defendants would do, nor did he come off with the route of "someone else is to blame" that most defendants use. He plead guilty, which is an admission of wrong, and taking punishment without whining. Now leave him be.
  • by HaHaHa on Apr 16, 2010 at 10:03 PM
    And people wonder why attorney's aren't trusted.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 16, 2010 at 09:15 PM
    He got what was coming to him he hurt my mother
  • by Carol Location: Parkersburg on Apr 16, 2010 at 08:38 AM
    I love it, he deserves more time really. His former employees are the ones he has hurt the most.
  • by Anonymous Location: ... on Apr 16, 2010 at 05:05 AM
    To The Patriot and Clyde - feel free to book a one way ticket to Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan or any other country of your choosing if you don't like living in this country. I hear the sandy beaches in Iraq are the best in the world, maybe you should try living there!
  • by Clyde Location: Pksbg on Apr 15, 2010 at 12:35 PM
    You are absolutely correct Patriot. It is technically unconstitutional for citizens to be required to pay income taxes. Ain't that a hoot?
  • by Debbie Location: Parkersburg on Apr 15, 2010 at 12:17 PM
    I actually think it is a short period of time for a person that takes an oath to uphold the law. His health is irrelevant when committing a crime. Looks like he gets to go to the "Country Club" of prisons!! Imagine that!
  • by Laura Location: Parkersburg on Apr 15, 2010 at 09:43 AM
    He DID hurt other people. He hurt his employees when he didn't pay their taxes. He hurt ALL tax payers because we bear the burden for CRIMINALS who don't pay their taxes. I hope he serves this time in a real prison, not the country club where he served his last sentence for tax evasion.
  • by eurekanet on Apr 15, 2010 at 09:27 AM
    I'm commented on "Bob". There are many people out there that do the crime and don't do time. And really what is fair? That's a lame comment. Obviously, you don't know Mr. Hayhurst because if you did you wouldn't have a comment like that.
  • by The Patriot Location: West By-God Virginia on Apr 15, 2010 at 05:49 AM
    I'm still waiting for someone to show me where it is written that I'm required to pay income taxes.
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