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Indictment for Criminal Case No. 14459: United States vs. Robert Emmet O'Malley, Defendant. In this indictment, the defendant is charged with income tax fraud for the calendar years 1935 and 1936. In the first of two counts in this indictment, O'Malley is charged with failing to report $22,500.00 in income "recieved in connection with the compromise and settlement of the Missouri Fire Insurance Rate litigation." As a result, O'Malley failed to pay $2,004.00 in income tax due for the 1935 calendar year.

Date: 
April 7th 1939

Judgement and commitment for Criminal Case No. 14459: United States vs. Robert Emmet O'Malley, Defendant. After his plea of guilty, O'Malley is sentenced to a total of one year and one day in a federal penitentiary, followed by three years of probation. O'Malley is also fined $5000.00. The document then lists the details of the defendant's probation.

Date: 
May 27th 1939

Receipt of fine payment for Criminal Case No. 14459: United States vs. Robert Emmet O'Malley, Defendant. In this document, Clerk A. L. Arnold certifies that the District Court of the United States for the Western District of Missouri has received O'Malley's fine of $5000.00.

Date: 
May 29th 1939

Considerations for the decision of sentence for Criminal Case No. 14459: United States vs. Robert Emmet O'Malley, Defendant. In this document, Judge Merrill E. Otis reviews the sentence that he imposed upon T. J. Pendergast in Criminal Case No. 14458, so that Otis may more accurately sentence Robert Emmet O'Malley in the present case.

Date: 
May 1939

Memorandum for Criminal Cases No. 14567: United States vs. Thomas J. Pendergast, Defendant, and No. 14,459: United States vs. Robert Emmet O'Malley, Defendant. In this memorandum, Judge Merrill E. Otis provides insightful, detailed documentation for both cases "for the express purpose of submitting it for publication in the Federal Supplement" as these cases attracted an overwhelming amount of publicity and attracted outrage from machine supporters and from proponents who thought the sentence too lenient.

Date: 
August 19th 1939

Fingerprints and phyiscal description for Robert Emmet O'Malley, Inmate #55296, which includes information on personal habits, background, and detailed physical descriptions and measurements. O'Malley was sentenced to one year and one day in the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth for income tax evasion.

Date: 
May 29th 1939

Statement of the Facts in the federal case against Robert Emmet O'Malley, Inmate #55296, by Maurice M. Milligan, U.S. Attorney. O'Malley pleaded guilty to charges of tax evasion, and this document summarizes the investigation and findings of the case against him. O'Malley was sentenced to one year and one day in the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth.

Date: 
April 7th 1939

Prison record for Robert Emmet O'Malley, Inmate #55296, noting that he was wanted on additional charges and that lost commissary privileges for a month after violating institutional rules. O'Malley was sentenced to one year and one day in the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth for tax evasion.

Date: 
September 15th 1939

Judgement and Commitment for Robert Emmet O'Malley, Inmate #55296, documenting that he entered a plea of guilty to two counts of tax invasion and would be committed to the federal penitentiary. O'Malley was sentenced to one year and one day in the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth.

Date: 
May 29th 1939

Receipt from A. L. Arnold, Court Clerk, attesting that Robert Emmet O'Malley, Inmate #55296, paid the fine of $5000.00 that he was assessed by the court. O'Malley was sentenced to one year and one day in the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth for tax evasion.

Date: 
May 29th 1939

Receipt from Carl F. Zarter, Record Clerk, attesting that Robert Emmet O'Malley, Inmate #55296, paid the fine of $5000.00 that he was assessed by the court. O'Malley was sentenced to one year and one day in the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth for tax evasion.

Date: 
May 29th 1939

Admission summary for Robert Emmet O'Malley, Inmate #55296, which includes his family background, health and economic status, and makes custodial, educational, and work duty recommendations. O'Malley was sentenced to one year and one day in the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth for tax evasion.

Date: 
June 5th 1939

Admission committee recommendations for Robert Emmet O'Malley, Inmate #55296, which include recommendations dental care and light work duty. O'Malley was sentenced to one year and one day in the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth for tax evasion.

Date: 
June 5th 1939

U.S. Attorney's report for Robert Emmet O'Malley, Inmate #55296, which notes that he is being investigated for contempt of court and recommends against parole. O'Malley was sentenced to one year and one day in the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth for tax evasion.

Date: 
June 20th 1939

Parole progress report for Robert Emmet O'Malley, Inmate #55296, which includes information about his previous employment, mental and physical conditions, and post-parole plans. O'Malley was sentenced to one year and one day in the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth for tax evasion.

Date: 
June 23rd 1939

Mugshot of Pendergast tax fraud accomplice Robert Emmett O'Malley, Inmate #55296, taken at U.S. Penitentiary, Leavenworth, Kansas. O'Malley, superintendent of the Missouri State Insurance Department, was charged on May 22, 1939 for tax fraud. He was sentenced two years in prison, nine months longer than Tom Pendergast's sentence in the same trial.

Date: 
May 29th 1939
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