Sentencing for former Timberlanes owner delayed until May 20

CLEVELAND – Sentencing for Melissa Snively-Pallard who pleaded guilty to two counts of failure to account for and pay employment taxes was continued until May 30, according to Craig Casserly, a spokesperson for the Internal Revenue Service.

Snively-Pallard, 33, a former Salem resident, is also the former Timberlanes Restaurant and Motor Inn owner and general manager, and faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 after pleading guilty to two of seven counts of a federal income tax indictment in January.

Sentencing is set for 11:30 a.m. before Judge Patricia Gaughan and Casserly said there was no reason for the continuance but said it is not uncommon.

Snively-Pallard pled guilty to failure to report and pay to the Internal Revenue Service federal employment taxes of $234,466 on a total of $1.1 million in wages paid in 2006 and 2007.

She also failed to pay taxes on wages in 2003 and 2004.

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