Son of former Dolton mayor charged with tax crime

2014-04-14T19:15:00Z 2014-04-14T23:38:12Z Son of former Dolton mayor charged with tax crimeStaff Report nwitimes.com
April 14, 2014 7:15 pm  • 

CHICAGO | Victor Shaw, the son of late Dolton Mayor William Shaw, was charged Friday with six misdemeanor counts of failing to file federal income tax returns between 2007 and 2012.

Each count of failing to file an income tax return carries a maximum sentence of a year in prison and a $100,000 fine.

For years, William "Bill" Shaw and his brother, Robert, a former Cook County commissioner and Chicago alderman, controlled much of the political landscape in the south suburbs and the city's South Side. Robert Shaw, who moved to Chicago from South Holland last year, announced in March he will run against Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel in 2015.

Victor Shaw, 53, was one of seven Chicago and suburban residents the U.S. attorney's office in Chicago announced Monday would be facing federal charges for alleged income tax crimes in separate cases.

Others charged include Ronald Muhammed, 63, who retired as a Chicago police officer in 2007, and his wife, Wilhelmenia Muhammed, 64, a retired Social Security Administration employee. They were each indicted on four counts of tax evasion and four counts of failing to file a federal income tax return in a 12-count indictment that was returned by a federal grand jury Thursday. Each count of tax evasion carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Between 2007 and 2010, the couple allegedly failed to file tax returns and evaded paying taxes on hundreds of thousands of dollars in income from pension payments and wages, including Ronald's earnings at the Chicago Park District after he retired from the Police Department.

Paul West, 61, of Lockport and formerly of Frankfort, was indicted last week on two counts of filing a false federal income tax return and three counts of failing to file a federal income tax return. West, also known as "Thomas Wilson" and "Tom Wilson," was in the business of selling material for recycling, including scrap cardboard, according to the U.S. attorney's office.

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