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Former Trucking Company Owner Pleads Guilty to Federal Tax Evasion

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Kansas

TOPEKA, KAN. – The former owner of a trucking company in Kansas City, Kan., pleaded guilty Monday to evading federal income taxes, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.

Clifford C. Copp, 47, Overland Park, Kan., who owned Copp Trucking Co. in Kansas City, Kan., pleaded guilty to one count of tax evasion. In his plea, he admitted he filed reports to the Internal Revenue Service in 2001 indicating the company owed approximately $939,408 in employment taxes for that year. However, the company did not pay the employment taxes due.

In February 2004 Copp was assessed trust fund recovery penalties of $669,037. When the IRS began collection efforts he concealed income. He filed a false statement to the IRS concealing his ownership interest in assets including livestock, life insurance and farm equipment. He also formed Wildcat Limo, LLC, and concealed his ownership interest in the company.

Sentencing will be set for a later time. He faces a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison, restitution, and a fine up to $250,000. Grissom commended the Internal Revenue Service and Assistant U.S. Attorney Chris Oakley for their work on the case.


Updated March 28, 2016