Five sentenced for tax evasion of more than $1M in skimmed cash from Wythe County store

Group skimmed money from Old Fort Western Store

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ABINGDON, Va. – Five Max Meadows residents who skimmed more than $1 million in cash from a Wythe County store and didn't pay taxes on that money, were sentenced Monday on federal conspiracy charges.

The five defendants were sentenced as follows:

  • Gary Daniel Musick, 46, imprisonment for a term of 18 months; fine of $10,000
  • Larry Dean Ball, 68, imprisonment for a term of 12 months and one day; fine of $5,500
  • Harold Hart, 80, probation for a term of 24 months; fine of $55,000
  • Katrina Rose Freeman, 42, probation for a term of 24 months; fine of $10,000
  • Mary Carroll Ball, 67, probation for a term of 24 months; fine of $5,500

Between 2010 and 2016, the conspirators skimmed $1,121,458 in cash from Old Fort for the purpose of hiding this income from the Internal Revenue Service and the Virginia Department of Taxation, according to the United States Attorney's Office in the Western District of Virginia.

The Old Fort Western Store is a retail facility that sells western apparel, footwear, saddles and other items in Wythe County. It was opened in the 1990s by Hart and Larry Ball.

In 2009, ownership was transferred to Musick, Freeman and another person. Hart is the grandfather of Freeman and Musick and is the stepfather of Larry Ball. Larry Ball and Mary Ball are the parents of Freeman.

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