Couple Indicted, Charged With Tax Evasion

CLEVELAND (AP) - Two Summit County government employees who are married have been indicted on charges of income tax evasion.

Sean and Mary Dougherty were named Wednesday in an eight-count indictment by a federal grand jury. They are accused of underreporting their personal income by about $138,000 from 1995 to 1998.

Mary Dougherty, 41, of Akron, is also accused of filing false returns for the couple's consulting company, Metromark Communications Inc., in 1995 and 1996, underestimating the income by about $55,000. She works for the county's Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board.

Sean Dougherty, 42, of Cuyahoga Falls, is the former executive director of administration for Summit County Executive Tim Davis and is currently the assistant director of administration in the county's communications department.

Each count of filing a false tax return carries a potential prison sentence of three years and a $250,000 fine.

Sean Dougherty is represented by a public defender, according to federal prosecutors. Mary Dougherty is represented by Cleveland attorney Gary Eisner.

The Doughertys could not be reached for comment. Messages seeking comment were left Thursday at their respective offices and at Eisner's office.

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