Man headed to prison for not paying taxes on $25M he embezzled
An executive from Lake Wylie who embezzled $25 million from a North Carolina fire equipment company failed to pay income taxes on the stolen loot, federal prosecutors said.
Bryan S. Bower, 51, was sentenced Friday to 41 months in federal prison for failure to pay income tax on $25 million in embezzled money, said Assistant U.S. Attorney for South Carolina T. DeWayne Pearson.
Bower was top management at Buckeye Fire Equipment in Kings Mountain, N.C. From 2010 to 2013, Bower stole $25 million from customer payments to the company, Pearson said. Bower then failed to pay $9 million in income taxes on the money that he stole from his employer. Bower pleaded guilty in February to tax evasion.
The Internal Revenue Service investigated the case against Bower.
“Mr. Bower’s embezzlement scheme to steal from his employer while also deliberately under-report-
Carolina Waterfowl Rescue took in the animals on Monday, with the intention of finding homes for all of them.
Gordon fears the rescue operation will have to keep the donkey and emu indefinitely. The site already has three other donkeys, but it turns out the newly arrived donkey doesn’t like them, she said. “He’d rather be with the emu,” she says. “When we put him in with the other donkeys, he attacked them.”
A campaign has been launched on Facebook to name the pair and try to raise money for their food and medical bills. Nearly 100 names have been suggested since Monday, Gordon said.
Carolina Waterfowl Rescue, a nonprofit, is in the midst of raising $150,000 to move from its current 11-acre site to a 50-acre farm near Waxhaw where larger animals can be kept. Mark Price: 704-358-5245, @markprice_obs