Grand jury indicts local contractor on tax evasion charges

NORTHFIELD — Local contractor Ronald W. Martin has been indicted by a federal grand jury on three counts of income tax evasion for the years 2008, 2009 and 2010, the U.S. Justice Department and Internal Revenue Service announced yesterday.

Martin was indicted on July 23 in the District of New Hampshire. The indictment alleges that for the three years Martin evaded federal income taxes on approximately $400,000 of income by directing earned income to be paid to a third party and depositing a small share of his earnings into his business bank account in an effort to conceal its source. Martin, who owns and operates Martin Construction, allegedly instructed customers to record payments made for services rendered to a third party then deposited "a small fraction" of the income earned by his company into its account at Franklin Savings Bank in Tilton.

The indictment is the most recent entry to Martin's criminal record, which dates at least from 1975 and includes conviction and incarceration for eight counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault, as well as charges of issuing bad checks, criminal threatening, disorderly conduct and cruelty to animals.

In 2006 and 2007 several fires at a salvage yard Martin owned in Alton were deemed suspicious, but no charges were filed.

In 2008 he was investigated when 1,000 gallons of heating oil were dumped into Kimball Brook in Gilmanton, which flows into Rocky Pond. The truck carrying the oil was owned by Martin's nephew and was parked on property Martin owned when the dumping occurred. But again charges were never filed.

A year later Martin was charged with five misdemeanors for alleged unlawful dumping in Northumberland in Coos County.