GULFPORT -- A doctor from Pass Christian has been indicted in a tax-evasion case alleging he claimed to have taken a vow of poverty but hid his money and assets to avoid paying federal income taxes since 2004.
Timothy Dale Jackson, 49, is free on a $700,000 bond.
A five-count indictment, filed Feb. 5, was unsealed after Jackson's initial court appearance Thursday. He is set for arraignment Tuesday before Magistrate Judge John M. Roper.
A four-year period detailed in the indictment alleges Jackson earned more than $1.8 million from 2006 through 2009 and owes more than $659,000 in taxes from that time frame alone.
Jackson, an orthopedic surgeon since 1995, has had ownership interest in several businesses since 2003, the last year he reported his income to the Internal Revenue Service, the indictment said.
His business affiliations include Moriah LLC, also known as Moriah PLLC, Orthopedic Consultants and a surgery center. He also performs surgeries at several South Mississippi hospitals.
He is accused of using organizations such as the Church of Healing and Arts Sciences and the Church of Compassionate Service to conceal his income. As part of his membership, he took a vow of poverty and claimed he gave the churches all of his assets and income, the indictment said. In reality, according to the indictment, 90 percent of his income was returned to him.
Jackson joined the Church of Healing and Arts Sciences in June 2003. He left the CHAS in 2004 to join the CCS, which the U.S. Justice Department considers a false church-based tax evasion scheme.
He also is accused of creating fictitious expense invoices for his legitimate businesses to cover up his actual income.
The government alleges Jackson bought a 2008 Toyota Scion in 2008 and titled it as a ministry vehicle. In 2009, he allegedly transferred ownership of a 1999 Ford truck and a 2002 GMC Denali SUV and had them titled as ministry farm vehicles.
In 2010, he transferred ownership of his home and adjacent property to the Engedi Parsonage Holding Trust, the indictment said
The government alleges Jackson made false statements to IRS investigators when they began questioning him in 2012.
Each of the four tax evasion charges carries a five-year prison term and a $250,000 fine. The obstruction charge is punishable by three years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
"Tax evasion is not a victimless crime," IRS Special Agent Gabriel L. Grchan said in a statement. "We all pay when others swindle the government."
Assistant U.S. Attorney Ruth Morgan is prosecuting the case.