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Pre-trial conference set in chiropractor case

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Richard Gilbert acting as own attorney in federal court

By Linda Ireland

A pre-trial conference for Richard Gilbert will be Oct. 28 in U.S. District Court (Western District) in Louisville.

Gilbert, a LaRue County chiropractor, was indicted by a federal grand jury April 7 on charges of tax evasion and obstructing the Internal Revenue Service.

The court already has heard motions from Gilbert to dismiss, which was denied, and to establish identity. The court allowed his motion for electronic filing accessibility.

Gilbert is representing himself, according to court documents. Attorney Jerold W. Barringer has requested to appear “pro hac vice.” The term refers to a lawyer who has not been admitted to practice in a certain jurisdiction but has been allowed to participate in a particular case.

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 allegedly failed to file federal income tax returns for the years 2002 through present.  

The indictment alleges Gilbert titled his Hodgenville home in the name of a trust in order to conceal his ownership and control of the property. In addition, while operating his chiropractic business, Gilbert refused to accept payments by check from insurance companies in order to avoid IRS Form 1099s being filed with the IRS.

Gilbert is also accused of concealing bank accounts from the IRS Collections Division and returning fraudulent documents to the IRS.

The potential penalties are six years’ imprisonment, a $1,300,000 fine and a three-year term of supervised release.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bryan R. Calhoun and it was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigations.

Gilbert was released on $25,000 unsecured bond.

The indictment of a person by a grand jury is an accusation and that person is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.