Man headed to prison for not pay­ing taxes on $25M he em­bez­zled

The Herald (Rock Hill) - - Local & State - BY ANDREW DYS adys@her­al­don­

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

Bryan Bower

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