Longwood Man Sentenced To Prison For $4 Million Tax Evasion
Orlando, Florida - Chief U.S. District Judge Anne C. Conway today sentenced Michael E. Murray (63, Longwood) to 12 months and one day in federal prison for tax evasion. The Court also ordered Murray to serve three years of supervised release and to cooperate in the payment of the over $4 million in taxes, interest, and penalties that he owes. Murray pleaded guilty on June 13, 2012.
According to court documents, on April 27, 2001, Murray and his spouse were assessed with a $889,520 deficiency in income tax due for 1993. As part of its effort to collect the amounts due from Murray, the Internal Revenue Service recorded liens on Murray's property, in Florida and Tennessee, and issued levies to his companies. Rather than cooperate with the IRS and pay his taxes, Murray attempted to evade payment by placing funds and property in the names of nominees and by giving false statements to the IRS about his assets and income. Murray also violated the IRS levies by diverting funds for his personal benefit, by writing checks to himself. By April 25, 2011, the total amount of taxes, penalties, and interest that Murray owed was over $4.3 million.
“Tax evasion is not a victimless crime," said James D. Robnett, IRS Criminal Investigation Special Agent in Charge for the Tampa Field Office. "We all pay when others swindle the government. Tax evasion and tax fraud of this magnitude and with this degree of trickery, dishonesty and deceit, deserves to be punished. The IRS and Department of Justice through the United States Attorney’s Office, remain determined and vigilant in ferreting out such schemes to cheat the honest taxpayers."
This case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg.