Clinton County Tax Protestor Sentenced for Tax Evasion
United States Attorney Stephen R. Wigginton announced today that on November 16, 2012, Dale Terry Hedberg, 70, of Breese, IL, was sentenced in federal court to 30 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay $301,274 for restitution of taxes evaded. Hedberg pled guilty on June 22, 2012, to four counts of attempting to evade or defeat tax and four counts of willful failure to file a tax return for years 2004-2007.
Dale Terry Hedberg, who was a licensed nurse anesthetist, worked at various hospitals and clinics as an independent contractor in Illinois and elsewhere in the United States, often earning in excess of $200,000 each year. In spite of repeated efforts by the Internal Revenue Service to bring Hedberg into tax compliance, Hedberg refused to file his personal income tax returns and continued to conceal his income and assets. Hedberg participated in a number of unsuccessful suits against the United States which challenged its authority to levy and collect income tax. Hedberg was previously convicted of tax offenses by the State of Illinois in 1998.
“People who defy their responsibilities to file their tax returns and to pay their taxes will be aggressively prosecuted by this office,” stated United States Attorney Stephen R. Wigginton. “I will not abide in persons who steal from all of us lawful taxpayers.”
The prosecution is part of a project to prosecute and deter federal tax fraud in the Southern District of Illinois encouraged and led by United States Attorney Wigginton. The case was investigated by IRS Criminal Investigation and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michael J. Quinley and Special Assistant United States Attorney Katherine L. Lewis.
If you suspect or know of an individual or company that is not complying with the tax laws, you may report this activity by contacting the local Internal Revenue Service/Criminal Investigation Office at (618) 622-2160 or by mailing information to: Internal Revenue Service, Fresno, CA 93888.