Former Timberlanes owner pleads guilty in federal income tax case

CLEVELAND – Melissa Snively-Pallard, the former Timberlanes Restaurant and Motor Inn owner and general manager, 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 here Thursday.

Craig Casserly, a spokesman for the Internal Revenue Service, said Snively-Pallard’s pleading “will constitute two counts of failure to account for and pay over employment taxes.”

The case was before Judge Patricia Gaughan and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney John M. Siegel, following an investigation by the IRS.

Casserly had no details regarding the plea agreement, but said Snively-Pallard, 33, who was indicted last September, will be sentenced at 11:30 a.m. April 25. He said details will be forthcoming.

The indictment said from mid-2006 through 2007 Snively-Pallard failed to report and pay federal income taxes and Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) taxes that Timberlanes withheld from its employees’ wages with a combined total of approximately $93,927.

She ran the restaurant and motel, a Salem landmark, for several years in the early to mid-2000s before it wound up being purchased in a sheriff’s auction in July of 2012.

Federal tax liens of $33,945, $602,809 and $348,346 were released from the property’s record for that transaction.

Court records show Snively-Pallard currently resides in New Springfield.

Last March, Snively-Pallard’s father, Wade C. Snively of Canton, was charged in the Northern District of Ohio federal court with three counts of filing false income tax returns, two counts of corruptly endeavoring to obstruct and impede the due administration of the tax laws, and three counts of bankruptcy-related offenses.