Morgantown businessman pleads guilty to taxation

Prosecutors outline the financial case of the campaign against Lev Parnas as the criminal trial begins

Harner is the owner and operator of Talan Trucking & Excavating, LLC and Harner Construction, LLC, both in Morgantown. Harner failed to pay the IRS more than $433,000 resulting from both businesses and his personal income taxes from 2008 to 2019, according to a release from Ihlenfeld’s office.

Travis Harner, 42, pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of “Filing False Income Tax Return.” Harner admitted to understating his income by more than $204,000, resulting in unpaid and due tax of more than $69,000, Ihlenfeld said. The crime occurred in April 2019 in Monongalia County.


  • The Internal Revenue Service investigated the case.

  • Harner faces up to three years of in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael Aloi presided over Wednesday’s plea hearing.