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Friday, June 15, 2018

Massachusetts Chiropractor Indicted For Tax Evasion

A federal grand jury sitting in the District of Massachusetts has returned an indictment, which was unsealed today, charging the owner of a chiropractic business with tax evasion, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice Department’s Tax Division. 

According to the indictment, Richard Rogers, a Massachusetts chiropractor, operated a chiropractic practice from his house.  Rogers was charged with evading his taxes from 2012 through 2016 by concealing his income using a variety of methods, including using a nominee bank account to negotiate payments received by check, paying creditors using postal money orders, and using credit card accounts opened with a fictitious social security number.  Rogers is also alleged to have concealed the ownership of his residence by titling the property in the name of a trust.  Rogers allegedly did not file federal tax returns from at least 2008 through 2016, despite his obligation to do so.

If convicted, Rogers faces a statutory maximum sentence of five years in prison on each count of tax evasion.  Roger also faces three years of supervised release and monetary penalties.  An indictment is an accusation.  A defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Zuckerman thanked special agents of the office of IRS Criminal Investigation, who conducted the investigation, and Assistant Chief John N. Kane and Trial Attorney Carl F. Brooker of the Tax Division, who are prosecuting the case.

Additional information about the Tax Division’s enforcement efforts can be found on the division’s website.

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Tax
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Press Release Number: 
18-798
Updated June 15, 2018