The Herald Bulletin

Afternoon Update

Local News

April 7, 2014

Dental center owner sentenced to 24 months

INDIANAPOLIS — The former owner of Anderson Dental Center was sentenced Monday to 24 months in federal prison for tax evasion.

Sally Metzner, 57, of Chesterfield, pleaded guilty to one count of tax evasion and one count of failure to pay withholding and Federal Insurance Contributions Act taxes. She also owes the government $856,000 in back taxes.

Metzner, the former owner of the center, 1537 S. Scattterfield Road in Anderson, pleaded guilty to one count of federal tax evasion and one count of willfully failing to account for over pay on federal taxes.

The federal government alleged that Metzner was stealing money from government programs like Social Security and Medicare. Assistant U.S. Attorney Winfield Ong, who prosecuted the case, also said Metzner had written off multiple personal expenses as business expenses.

Metzner was ordered to pay $856,000 from the U.S. government in addition to the jail time.

Metzner had served first as co-owner and then owner of the center since the original owner, Dr. Gerald Funderburk, died in 2001, according to records.

Reading a statement in court Monday, Metzner said the dental center had not been doing well financially. That, coupled with problems in her personal life, led to her failing to pay taxes on time. She said the payments snowballed out of control.

"I learned a valuable lesson," Metzner said. "I put the IRS on the back burner. And for that I am sorry."

Metzner's attorney, Dan Whitehead, of Anderson, asked the judge for a limited sentence for his client considering her age and limited criminal history. Metzner was convicted of a driving under the influence charge in 2004.

Whitehead said his client had genuine remorse for what she had done and wanted to get her life back on track.

Judge Tanya Pratt ordered Metzner to 24 months in prison. Pratt said the sentence could have been up to 30 months for each count.

Text Only
Local News
  • Accident.jpg Second person dies following Ind. 9 accident

    A second person has died from injuries following an accident Wednesday on Ind. 9. Clayton Crumley, 21, died at IU Health Methodist Hospital, officials said Thursday.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • NWS - HB0724 - Messersmith, Justin Man arrested at fair after witnesses say he battered his son A father was arrested at the Madison County 4-H Fair Tuesday night after witnesses said he went too far in disciplining his 4-year-old son.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • NWS - HB0715 - Chuck Pagano Pagano breakfast sold out A breakfast with Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano is sold out, organizers said Wednesday.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • NWS - HB0724 - 4-H Fair morning 2 Work starts at sunrise at 4-H Fair With the skies filled with lightning and the threat of rain on the horizon the Madison County 4-H Fairgrounds was mostly vacant at 6 a.m. Wednesday.

    July 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • Arrest Log: July 24 Arrests made by Madison County law enforcement on Tuesday and Wednesday, based on Madison County Jail records.

    July 24, 2014

  • NWS - HB0724 - 4-H fair - 142 Showmanship competition reveals best handler

    With a tug here, a push there, and gentle directional tapping with a small aluminum stick, Savannah Martin of Summitville won Wednesday's Supreme Showman trophy after four rounds directing swine, sheep, goats and steers through various handling exercises.

    July 24, 2014 3 Photos

  • Appeals Court: Pendleton prison worker harassed Indiana's prison agency forced a former female employee to work in a hostile environment at the Pendleton Correctional Facility, a federal appeals court in Chicago has ruled.

    July 23, 2014

  • Ernie's Heart Pet Food Pantry collecting items The community is invited turn its "stuff" into pet food. Ernie's Heart Pet Food Pantry will be collecting "stuff" from downsizing, decluttering and redecorating on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m.

    July 23, 2014

  • SPT - HB0725 - Colts arrive - JC - 307a.jpg Wayne arrives in IndyCar for Colts Camp

    Ed Carpenter woke up to rain Wednesday morning and briefly worried his big opportunity might be lost. But the two-time Indianapolis 500 pole-sitter's fear proved to be unfounded. He delivered Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne safely to Anderson University at the wheel of a two-seat IndyCar.

    July 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • Arrest Log: July 23

    Arrests made by Madison County law enforcement on Monday and Tuesday, based on Madison County Jail records.

    July 23, 2014

July Staff Photos


Buy and browse more photos from The Herald Bulletin

More Resources from The Herald Bulletin
Auto Industry Book
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Facebook