Oklahoma Sports Marketing Agent Gets Prison Time For Tax Fraud Through Non-Profit

An Edmond, Oklahoma man has been sentenced to prison for making false statements on federal tax returns for The Tommie Harris Foundation, which is a non-profit. William G. Horn was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison. Charges were filed against Horn on September 6, 2017. According to those charges, the defendant worked as a sports marketing agent and operated charitable organizations associated with NBA and NFL athletes.

One of those organizations, The Tommie Harris Foundation, was registered with the Oklahoma Secretary of State in late 2006. The defendant’s home was used as the foundation’s principal office. The defendant eventually received tax-exempt status for the organization. Then, he began soliciting donations and held an annual celebrity golf event to raise money for those in need. Horn managed the foundation’s finances and filed its Forms 990.

The charges explain that Horn signed and filed Forms 990 for the foundation for the 2007 through 2012 tax years. During that time, the foundation allegedly reported receiving donations totaling $1,840,495. Total distributions to other organizations of $705,699 were reported. Most of the difference was reported as “functional expenses”. Ultimately, Horn was charged with making false statements on Forms 990 for the 2011 and 2012 years.

The defendant falsely claimed that he received no compensation from the foundation. The charges allege that the defendant actually diverted $136,620.06 to his personal bank account in 2011 and used roughly $39,205.42 for personal purposes on a foundation credit card. Horn pleaded guilty to the charges on September 20, 2017. Again, William G. Horn has been sentenced to 15 months in prison. Additional details have been made available here.