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District of Alaska

Friday, July 29, 2016

Skagway Man Sentenced To 12 Months and One Day In Prison For Failure To Pay Taxes

Juneau, Alaska – U.S. Attorney Karen L. Loeffler announced today that DANIEL HENRY, 61, of Skagway, was sentenced by Chief U.S. District Judge Timothy M. Burgess on Monday, August 1, 2016, to serve 12 months and one day in prison for his convictions on four counts of willful failure to file income tax returns, Judge Burgess also ordered HENRY to pay $600,064 in restitution. 

HENRY is the owner and operator of the Skagway Fish Company, a restaurant in Skagway, Alaska, HENRY is also an elected member of the Municipal Assembly in Skagway.  For the years 2004-2012, HENRY did not file a federal income tax return.  The amount of accumulated taxes Henry would have had to pay during that time period was $600,064. 

In his comments prior to imposing the sentence, Judge Burgess described this as a serious offense given the amount of money involved and the time period that HENRY did not file income tax returns. 

This matter was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jack Schmidt out of the U.S. Attorney's Office in Juneau, Alaska.

“The vast majority of citizens of our great country file a timely and accurate tax return.  When someone does not, they not only cheat themselves and their government, but all honest taxpayers.  Failing to file and pay a just tax shifts the burden to the rest of us by robbing us all of the funds needed for essential services, infrastructure, and the defense of our homeland.  IRS CI and the Department of Justice are committed to fighting for the honest taxpayers by prosecuting tax cheats, thus maintaining a level playing field,” stated Special Agent in Charge Darrell Waldon of IRS Criminal Investigation. 

U.S. Attorney Loeffler commends the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigations, for the successful investigation and prosecution of this case.

Updated August 9, 2016