WHEELING, W.Va. — Former Ohio County Magistrate Harry A. Radcliffe, III, will spend the next few months in prison.
United States Attorney Bill Powell announced Friday that Radcliffe was sentenced to four months incarceration to be followed by two months of home confinement for tax fraud.
Radcliffe, 61, pled guilty to one count of Conspiracy to Impede the Internal Revenue Service in April 2019.
According to a release, in tax years 2013, 2014, and 2015, Radcliffe accepted a total of approximately $22,000 in cash payments from William W. Seelbach, then owner of W&S Bail Bonding, A Bail Bonding by ABC, which payments were offered by Seelbach as bribes.
In an effort to impede the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in the collection of income taxes, those payments were made and received in cash.
Powell said Radcliffe willfully failed to report this income to the IRS, resulting in a total tax loss of $5,500. He also failed to report this extra-judicial income to the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia.
Radcliffe was ordered to pay $5,500 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service.
Powell’s office also announced that Seelbach was sentenced Friday to three years probation for tax fraud.
Seelbach, 69, pled guilty to one count of Conspiracy to Defraud the United States, Impede the Internal Revenue Service, and one count of Failure to File Individual Income Tax Return for Tax Year 2012 in June 2018.
Seelbach also was ordered to pay $83,607 in restitution, which was paid in full.