Doc­tor ar­rested for tax vi­o­la­tions

The Maui News - - NEWS -

Wailuku Dr. Michael Savona was ar­rested Thurs­day in Kahu­lui on tax vi­o­la­tion charges, ac­cord­ing to an an­nounce­ment from the state Depart­ment of Tax­a­tion.

He was taken into cus­tody by spe­cial agents from the Tax Depart­ment and deputy sher­iffs from the state Depart­ment of Pub­lic Safety.

Savona, an in­ter­nal medicine physi­cian, was charged in 2nd Cir­cuit Court with five counts of will­ful fail­ure to pay with­hold­ing taxes for tax years 2011 through 2015; two counts of will­ful fail­ure to file in­come tax returns for tax years 2011 and 2012; and five counts of will­ful fail­ure to file gen­eral ex­cise tax returns for tax years 2011 through 2015.

He faces im­pris­on­ment for up to five years, pro­ba­tion and a fine of not more than $100,000 for each felony count if con­victed of will­fully fail­ing to col­lect and pay over taxes. And, he could be im­pris­oned for as much as a year, re­ceive pro­ba­tion and be as­sessed a fine of up to $25,000 for each count of will­fully fail­ing to file in­come tax and gen­eral ex­cise tax returns.

A phone call to Savona’s Wells Street of­fice late Thurs­day after­noon con­nected with an an­swer­ing ma­chine that re­ferred af­ter-hours calls to his pager. There was no re­sponse to a call to his pager.

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