IRS Hands Ralph Bradbury Its Final Bill on Continental Express

IRS Hands Ralph Bradbury Its Final Bill on Continental Express
Ralph Bradbury

The IRS has calculated the total amount that Ralph Bradbury, former president of the defunct Continental Express of Little Rock, owes in connection with the company’s unpaid payroll tax bill.

The amount?

$812,748.52, which was as of April 28.

U.S. District Judge D. Price Marshall Jr. still has to approve the amount and enter a final order.

Marshall, if you recall, ruled against Bradbury in March, saying he was responsible for the tax bill for the company’s third quarter in 2008.

In what has become a cautionary tale for other non-owner executives, Bradbury maintained that the tax bill should have gone to the owners of the trucking company, Ed and Bonnie Harvey, and their financial adviser, Marvin Jones. He said they were the ones who controlled the company during the quarter when the taxes were owed.

But Bradbury isn’t giving up.

“Anybody that knows me knows that it ain’t over yet,” Bradbury told Whispers last week.

He said he spent more than two years and “a substantial” amount of money trying to get his day in court “so the facts can be presented.”

“This case has been fraught with lies, deceit, avoidance and just plain incompetence,” Bradbury said.

Bradbury’s attorney, Randy Coleman of Little Rock, said last week that he’s putting together a response to the IRS’s motion for the fees.

Coleman also said he will probably appeal Marshall’s decision to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Ed Harvey is in frail health, and Bonnie Harvey couldn’t be reached for comment last week. She is the mother of Jill Pryor, ex-wife of U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark.

Ralph Bradbury’s daughter, Rachel Bradbury, is a publisher for Arkansas Business Publishing Group, the parent company of Arkansas Business.