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Dog Fighting: Jovon C. Harvey, Convicted Dog Fighter, Indicted for Tax Evasion

| by Denise A Justin
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A Fort Wayne, Ind., man previously convicted in a dog-fighting operation has now been indicted on tax-evasion charges.

The United States Attorney’s Office announced on Monday that a U.S. District Court grand jury sitting in South Bend returned the indictment on Sept. 11 against Jovon C. Harvey, 44, resulting from an investigation by the Internal Revenue Service.

The six-count indictment accuses Jovon C. Harvey (aka Javon C. Harvey) of two counts of attempted tax evasion, three counts of failure to file tax information and one count of fraud.

The charges include attempting to evade income-tax obligations for 2007 by giving cash to other people who then paid construction and other expenses for him. He was also charged for failing to file a tax return in 2008.

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In the single fraud count, Harvey is accused of defrauding Fairmont Funding LLC and Sovereign Bank between Sept. 5 and Sept. 22, 2008, and obtaining a mortgage for property which resulted in a loss to the bank of $407,669.

If convicted in court, any specific sentence to be imposed will bedetermined by the judge after a consideration of federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

Harvey pleaded guilty in 2001 to bribing two investigators with the Allen County prosecutor’s office in connection with a 2000 drug-conspiracy case. He was given a suspended six-year sentence, according to the Journal Gazette.

Harvey was arrested on felony and misdemeanor charges in 1998 in connection with his involvement in a dog-fighting ring and was ordered to serve six months of a three-year prison term after he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to stage a dog fighting contest at a farm near Monroeville.

At that time, 46 pit bulls were seized from his home and had to be destroyed, the News Sentinel reports.

Source: News Sentinel, Justice.gov, Journal Gazette