TWO-TIME DEMOCRAT CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE AND FORMER CHAIR OF UNC BOARD OF GOVERNORS HAS BEGUN HIS PRISON SENTENCE FOR ROBBING LOCAL CLIENTS AND FOR TAX FRAUD.
The Hendersonville Times-News reports Wednesday...
Disbarred Hendersonville attorney Don Samuel Neill has begun serving his federal prison sentence for tax fraud, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
Neill was processed into the federal correctional institution in Jesup, Ga., on June 10, said Chris Burke, public information officer for the bureau.
A U.S. District Court Judge sentenced Neill in April to three years in prison for federal tax fraud. After the federal case was resolved, Neill was also sentenced to six to eight years in state prison for embezzling close to $2.5 million from his clients.
Neill, 63, will serve three years of his sentence in federal prisons and three to five years in state prisons before he will be eligible for release.
Jesup is in southern Georgia, and the prison is a medium security facility housing male offenders. It has two adjacent satellite facilities, including a low security facility and a minimum security prison camp, both housing male inmates.
Neill pleaded guilty to one count of federal tax fraud in a plea deal in April 2012, and in September, he pleaded guilty in Henderson County Superior Court to five state counts of felony embezzlement.
From WHKP News...Neill's sentencing was reportedly contingent on him making restitution to the local clients he cheated, including one whose trust account was intended for Four Seasons Hospice. There is no word if any restitution has been made by Neill.