Utah Man Convicted for Tax Fraud
A chiropractor and health-care products business owner was convicted yesterday by a jury in Salt Lake City, Utah, of attempting to evade the payment of his federal income taxes and corruptly endeavoring to impair the administration of the internal revenue laws.
According to the evidence presented at trial and other court documents, in March 2012, Louis Hansen, of Orem, presented a check to the IRS in the amount of $342,699.41 that was drawn on a closed bank account in a fraudulent attempt to pay taxes, penalties, and interest that he owed for a number of years. In June 2012, Hansen presented another 10 additional checks to the IRS drawn on a different closed bank account in a second attempt to fraudulently discharge his tax debt. Each of these 10 checks was in the amount of $425,000, and the evidence showed that they were sent to at least six different IRS offices.
U.S. District Judge Howard C. Nielsen Jr. scheduled Hansen’s sentencing for Nov. 4. Hansen faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison for tax evasion and three years in prison for corruptly impeding the internal revenue laws.
Acting U.S. Attorney Andrea T. Martinez for the District of Utah and Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Stuart M. Goldberg of the Justice Department’s Tax Division made the announcement.
The case was investigated by IRS – Criminal Investigation.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin L. Sundwall and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Kameros are prosecuting the case.
Additional information about the Tax Division and its enforcement efforts may be found on the division’s website.