John Havey, 59, the former solicitor for the Aliquippa School District, the South Side Area School District and the Aliquippa Water Authority, all in Beaver County, is charged with three counts of income tax evasion. Havey, of Aliquippa, resigned as solicitor for the three agencies after the tax evasion investigation became public.
West said that Havey
filed 1993, 1994 and 1995 tax returns in 1997.
, who is representing himself, told the jurors his
tax returns were late because he
was fighting a foreclosure on his
home in the early 1990s and got bogged down with his
duties as coach for a girl's youth soccer team. Havey
income tax returns were incorrect, but planned to file amended returns eventually.Havey
filed incorrect returns because the IRS
was threatening to padlock his
law firm if he
didn't get the returns filed. Havey
told an IRS official he
planned to amend the returns, but the official told him the matter was now a criminal case and that he
could not do so. Havey
told jurors that he
had too much to lose to try to cheat the government, and had always planned to file an amended return.
"I would not jeopardize my family, my career and my freedom on such a boneheaded move," Havey