WILMINGTON, Del.- Delaware Director of Revenue Patrick T. Carter announced Monday that the grand jury for the Superior Court in New Castle County returned an indictment against Ozell V. Horsey, 45, a school bus operator based in Millsboro.
According to the indictment, Horsey was charged with three misdemeanor counts of failing to file a state of Delaware personal income tax return for taxable years 2007 through 2009. The indictment alleges that during this three-year period, Horsey failed to report more than $565,000 received from the state in connection with his school bus transportation business operating in Sussex County under the name, Horsey Transportation.
As a provider of school bus transportation services, Horsey was self-employed and was responsible for his own income taxes, according to Carter. In this capacity, Horsey received a 1099 form each year from the state of Delaware reflecting non-employee compensation, yet the indictment alleges that Horsey failed to file state income tax returns as required and pay state taxes estimated at more than $10,000.
The charges against Horsey stem from an investigation conducted by the Delaware Division of Revenue's Criminal Investigation Unit and referred to the Delaware Attorney General's Office for indictment and prosecution.
The misdemeanor tax offenses are each punishable by up to a maximum one-year imprisonment and up to $2,300 in fines.
Horsey awaits arraignment and trial date in Superior Court in Wilmington.