Monongalia County man admits to tax fraud


Date: January 12, 2022


Clarksburg, WV — Travis A. Harner, of Morgantown, West Virginia, has admitted to a tax charge, United States Attorney William Ihlenfeld announced.

Harner pleaded guilty today to one count of "Filing False Income Tax Return." Harner admitted to understating his income by more than $204,000, resulting unpaid and due tax of more than $69,000. The crime occurred in April 2019 in Monongalia County.

Harner is owner and operator of Talan Trucking & Excavating, LLC and Harner Construction, LLC, both in Morgantown. Harner failed to pay the IRS more than $433,000 resulting from both businesses and his personal income taxes from 2008 to 2019.

Harner faces up to three years of incarceration and a fine of up to $250,000. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jarod J. Douglas is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The Internal Revenue Service investigated.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael John Aloi presided.