JERSEY COUNTY- The United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois announced Monday that a Jersey County man has been sentenced to 37 months in federal prison, a $7,500 fine, $1,272,904.83 in restitution, and three years of supervised release in the sentencing of tax evasion from 2005-2010.
David Ray,55, of Fieldon, Illinois waived his right to face a grand jury indictment and pled guilty to charges brought directly by the U.S. Attorney's Office on July 23, 2013.
Documents filed in District Court established that Ray committed tax evasion by using various businesses to pay personal expenses, by vesting ownership of personal assets in the name of his businesses, and by filing false tax returns with the IRS or refusing to file tax returns all together.
Ray was also convicted for possessing firearms while also possessing drugs. Evidence presented at the plea hearing established that federal agents seized 96 arms and more than 2,500 rounds of ammunition from Ray's home when it was searched on February 13, 2012. Agents also seized 110 grams of cocaine from Ray's home.
Ray accredited the possession of firearms as a hunter and gun collector and admitted a serious cocaine habit, saying he used 3-5 ounces of cocaine every 2-3 weeks prior to his home being raided by federal agents.
Rays also forfeited his gun collection, valued between $75,000-$100,000. Under federal law, drug users are categorically prohibited from possessing firearms.