GULFPORT -- An orthopedic surgeon from Pass Christian is set for trial March 24 in a federal tax evasion case.
Timothy Dale Jackson, 49, entered a plea of not guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court. He is free on a $700,000 bond.
A five-count indictment filed Feb. 5 alleges Jackson last paid federal taxes in 2003 and took a vow of poverty, claiming he gave all his income and assets to two churches. In reality, the Internal Revenue Service believes the churches returned 90 percent of the money to Jackson.
Jackson had joined the Church of Healing and Arts Sciences in June 2003. In 2004, he joined the Church of Compassionate Service, a derivation of CHAS, the indictment said.
The U.S. Justice Department considers the CCS a false church-based tax-evasion scheme.
From 2006 through 2009, the indictment alleges, Jackson earned more than $1.8 million and owes more than $659,000 in federal taxes from that time alone.
He also is accused of transferring ownership of his vehicles and having them titled as ministry vehicles, and transferring ownership of his home and adjacent property to the Engedi Parsonage Holding Trust.
His business affiliations include Moriah LLC and a surgery center with offices in Gulfport and Diamondhead. He also performs surgeries at several hospitals.
The government claims Jackson created fictitious expense invoices and set up separate bank accounts to conceal his income.
Jackson made false statements to Internal Revenue Service agents in 2012, the indictment said.
He was indicted on four counts of tax evasion and one of obstructing the administration of internal revenue laws. The five counts carry maximum penalties of 23 years in prison and fines of $1.25 million.