Area Builder Charged With Tax Evasion
MINNEAPOLIS—Late last week in federal court in the District of Minnesota, the owner of
RMA Builders and Remodelers (“RMA”), a business that handled residential work in
Minnesota and other states, was charged with federal tax evasion. Robert Michael Aasen was
charged via an Information with one count of tax evasion.
United States Attorney B. Todd Jones used the event to remind Minnesotans that the
deadline for filing federal income tax returns this year is April 17. The usual deadline of April
15 was extended because the 15th falls on a Sunday, and the 16th is Emancipation Day in the
District of Columbia, which also impacts the tax deadline. Jones also said, “We depend on
taxes for our highways, schools, and police departments, among other things. It is only right
that everyone pays what is required under the law. Evading taxes by failing to report certain
income is illegal, and we will prosecute those crimes.”
The Information alleges that Aasen evaded federal income taxes on his income for 2005.
According to the charges, Aasen took specific steps to cover up the fact that he had received
certain income, the purpose of those steps being to evade paying taxes on the money he
received. Purportedly, he diverted corporate receipts for other use and used multiple bank
accounts to hide the funds. Then he provided inaccurate information to his accountant as well
as false information to investigators. He also allegedly failed to produce business records for
inspection. The income taxes reportedly evaded due to his actions were in access of $57,796.
If convicted, Aasen faces a potential maximum penalty of five years in federal prison.
Because the federal criminal justice system does not use parole, convicted defendants serve
their entire prison sentence behind bars. Any sentence in this case will be determined by a
federal district court judge. This case is the result of an investigation by the IRS-Criminal
Investigation Division. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert M.
A defendant, of course, is presumed innocent until he or she pleads guilty or is proven guilty at trial. Per U.S.
Department of Justice policy, the U.S. Attorney’s Office is not allowed to provide the age and city of residence for
defendants charged in criminal tax cases.