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Area builder sentenced for tax evasion

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 13, 2012


MINNEAPOLIS—Earlier today in federal court in St. Paul, the owner of RMA Builders and Remodelers (“RMA”), a business that handled residential work in Minnesota and other states, was sentenced for federal tax evasion. United States District Court Judge Susan Richard Nelson sentenced Robert Michael Aasen to 13 months in federal prison on one count of tax evasion. Aasen was charged on April 12, 2012, and pleaded guilty on May 14, 2012.

Aasen evaded federal income taxes by failing to file a 2005 tax return and taking specific steps to cover up the fact that he had received certain income. In his plea agreement, Aasen acknowledged that he diverted corporate receipts for personal use, employed multiple bank accounts in an effort to hide income, and withheld information from his accountant and the Internal Revenue Service agents investigating his case. Through his actions, Aasen evaded paying approximately $265,863 in federal income taxes between 2005 and 2007.

This case was the result of an investigation by the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigations. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert M. Lewis.

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.

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