An identity hearing and arraignment was held April 16 in the case of Richard Gilbert, the Hodgenville chiropractor who faces charges of tax evasion and obstructing the Internal Revenue Service.
“Identity hearings are usually only held when the defendant says that the person indicted is not him,” Jennifer L. Pollard, public information officer for the IRS, said in an e-mail.
The federal magistrate determined that Gilbert was the same individual that was indicted, Pollard said.
The trial date has been set for June 1, but it has not been placed on the docket. It is possible that the trial date will be continued.
The indictment claims Gilbert owes “approximately $118,436 in federal income taxes for 1999 through 2001” due to his failure to file returns those years. In addition, he failed to file federal income tax returns for the years 2002 through present.
The potential penalties are six years' imprisonment, a $1,300,000 fine and a three-year term of supervised release.