Used Multiple Checks Intentionally Drawn on Closed Accounts in Effort to Thwart IRS
A Utah man was sentenced to 51 months in prison today for tax evasion and corruptly endeavoring to obstruct the IRS.
According to evidence presented at trial and court documents, in March 2012, Louis Hansen, of Orem, presented the IRS a $342,669.41 check he knew was drawn on a closed bank account, in a fraudulent effort to evade paying taxes, penalties and interest he owed for a number of years. In June 2012, Hansen presented 10 additional checks to the IRS drawn on a different closed bank account in another attempt to fraudulently discharge his debt. The evidence showed that each of these 10 checks was made out in the amount of $425,000, and Hansen sent them to at least six different IRS offices.
In addition to the term of imprisonment, U.S. District Judge Howard C. Nielsen Jr. ordered Hansen to serve three years of supervised release and to pay approximately $342,699 in restitution to the United States.
Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Stuart M. Goldberg of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and Acting U.S. Attorney Andrea T. Martinez for the District of Utah made the announcement.
The case was investigated by special agents of the IRS – Criminal Investigation.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin L. Sundwall and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Kameros prosecuted the case.
Additional information about the Tax Division and its enforcement efforts may be found on the division’s website.
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