Assessor Jon Snyder has been sentenced to 12 months’ probation, after
pleading guilty in federal court to a single misdemeanor count of failure to
supply information to the Internal Revenue Service, according to documents
filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana.
sentenced last week to one year of probation and ordered to pay a $25
assessment. His sentence included no fine and no restitution.
charge was unrelated to Snyder’s government service as Porter County
Assessor but instead concerned his activities as the owner of a private
business, Shoreline Appraisals Inc. of Portage.
According to the
indictment, Snyder was required to provide the IRS, by Feb. 28, 2014, an
“Informational Return 1099 Form,” which documents all payments in excess of
$600 for any services rendered by a non-employee in calendar year 2013.
That form is
supposed to contain the name of the non-employee, his or her address, and
the total dollar amount of payments made by the business to the
In fact, the
indictment stated, in 2013 Shore Appraisals paid more than $5,000 to a
non-employee, identified only as “Person A,” but Snyder “willfully” failed
to provide the IRS with the requisite Informational Return 1099 by Feb. 28,
As part of his plea
agreement, the U.S. Attorney’s Office recommended a sentence “equal to the
minimum of the applicable guideline range,” and stipulated that “for tax
years 2008-13 no further criminal tax charges are warranted.”
exchange--according to a sentencing memorandum filed by the U.S. Attorney’s
Office on June 3--“Jon Snyder agreed to cooperate and testify” in the trial
of his brother, former Portage Mayor Jim Snyder, who was convicted earlier
this year on one count of bribery involving bids for city garbage trucks and
one count of federal tax obstruction. Jim Snyder was acquitted on a second
bribery count alleging a pay-for-tow scheme.
memorandum cites Jon Snyder’s “cooperation including not only making
recordings . . . relating to bribery allegations” but also his “testifying
in the trial of James Snyder. In addition, Jon Snyder also provided helpful
information in other criminal investigations.”