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Last updated: Tue. Oct. 29, 2013 - 01:24 pm EDT

Slain victim ID'd, faced tax charges

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Jovon Clarkson Harvey became Allen County's 39th homicide victim Saturday evening in the 4900 block of East Tillman Road.

The 44-year-old man, also known as Javon C. Harvey, was awaiting trial on a federal indictment charging him with attempted tax evasion, three counts of failure to file tax information and a single count of fraud.

On Monday, the Allen County Coroner's office ruled his death the county's 39th homicide and determined the cause to have been gunshot wounds.

The shooting is under investigation by the Allen County Sheriff's Department.

An indictment, handed up by a U.S. District Court grand jury in September, accused Harvey of attempting to evade his tax obligations for his 2007 income by giving cash to other people who then paid construction and other expenses for him, according to court documents.

Harvey also failed to file a tax return in April 2008 for his 2007 income, according to court documents.

In the single fraud count, Harvey is accused of defrauding Fairmont Funding LLC and Sovereign Bank between Sept. 5 and Sept. 22, 2008.

In July 1999, Harvey was sentenced to six months in jail and six months on probation after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit an animal fighting contest and five other felonies.

He was accused of running a dogfighting ring from a property in Monroeville and was charged in April 1998. Authorities confiscated 46 dogs from the property.

In 2001, a charge of conspiracy to distribute cocaine was dismissed after one of the witnesses against him, former Fort Wayne police officer Gentry Mosley, was charged with murder.

Harvey had been accused, along with Mosley and others, of running cocaine from Texas to Fort Wayne in the late 1990s.

Fired from the police department and eventually acquitted of murder, Mosley was given a 10-year suspended prison sentence in 2000 for drug conspiracy in exchange for his cooperation in the case.

Harvey pleaded guilty to bribing two investigators with the Allen County prosecutor's office in connection with the drug conspiracy case. He was given a suspended six-year sentence.

Harvey bought McKinnie Tap, 626 McKinnie Ave., along with his mother in December 2003.

Indiana business entity records reveal the business was officially owned by "Cline and Harvey LLC" and was dissolved in July 2008, according to Indiana secretary of state records.

According to a column that appeared in The Journal Gazette this year, the McKinnie Tap was closed.

With Harvey's death, Allen County edged one more homicide closer to its all-time most violent year – 1997 which saw 43 homicides.

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