Former Trucking Company Owner Sentenced for Federal Tax Evasion
TOPEKA, KAN. – The former owner of a trucking company in Kansas City, Kan., was sentenced Tuesday to 33 months in federal prison for evading federal income taxes, Acting U.S. Attorney Tom Beall said. He was ordered to pay $939,408 in restitution.
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.
Beall commended the Internal Revenue Service and Assistant U.S. Attorney Chris Oakley for their work on the case.