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Democrat & Chronicle: Local News
Dale Durley, 68, of Columbus, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy.He agreed to testify against others if needed.Durley, owner of American Tax Associates and Durley & Durley, both in Ohio, was hired by Kodak in 2001 to give various appraisals and tax review for the company.
Mark Camarata was the Kodak
employee responsible for hiring Durley
...To conceal the nature of the payments, Durley received false invoices from Camarata, said Durley's attorney, Terrence Grady.
, who has no previous criminal history, could be sentenced up to 30 months in prison. Durley
also will be required to pay the company restitution as part of his
Dale H. Durley, CMI , American Tax Associates, Inc., (1997-1998)
Before tax consultant Dale H. ...
Before tax consultant Dale H. Durley was sentenced for giving $672,406 in kickbacks to an Eastman Kodak Co. executive, he apologized for the "foolish, foolish thing I did."
, 71, of Columbus, Ohio, said his
crime brought great shame to him and his
family, caused his
business to fail and ruined him financially because he
had to borrow money to settle a lawsuit by Kodak
"I've already apologized to Kodak for putting them through what no one should have to go through," he said.
Although Durley faced up to two years in prison, U.S. District Judge David G. Larimer sentenced him Tuesday to three years' probation, citing Durley's age, declining health, cooperation with federal authorities from the time the scheme was discovered, and his payment to Kodak that the judge said amounted to "hundreds of thousands of dollars."
Durley pleaded guilty in 2005 to a felony charge of conspiracy to commit fraud and aided prosecutors in an investigation that led to convictions of two Kodak executives, the Greece assessor and a prominent commercial property appraiser in a kickback scheme centering on the appraisal and assessment of Kodak property in Greece.
admitted paying kickbacks from April 2001 to February 2005 to executive Mark S. Camarata in exchange for contracts to help Kodak
reduce its state personal property and sales and use taxes, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard A. Resnick.
Larimer also ordered Durley
to pay a $5,000 fine and perform 200 hours of community service in the Columbus area.
After the kickback scheme came to light, Kodak
sued 24 defendants, including Durley
Honorary and Life Members
Dale H. Durley, CMI
Two Guilty Pleas and Three More Federal Indictments in Kodak Fraud - Business and Industry
Dale H. Durley, a tax consultant that was doing work for Kodak at the time, is also scheduled to plead guilty to giving Camarata kickbacks.