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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Ohio

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, May 3, 2018

Former attorney indicted for failing to report nearly $400,000 he used to pay personal expenses

A former attorney from Hiram was indicted for failing to report nearly $400,000 that he used to pay personal expenses.

Robert J. Andrews, Jr., 75, was indicted on two counts of making and filing false tax returns.

Andrews opened several bank accounts in the names of businesses he controlled or was involved with, including Ace Demo, Gem Collar LLC, Rocky Mountain Logging Company LLC and Falcon LLC, according to the indictment.

Andrews diverted money from corporate accounts for his own personal benefit and failed to report those transfers of money – which he used for personal expenses -- as income. Andrews failed to report approximately $396,617 as taxable income in 2012 and 2013, according to the indictment.

"Robert Andrews, Jr., a once trusted attorney, is now facing criminal tax charges for failing to report more than $396,000 of income on his tax returns,” said Ryan L. Korner, Special Agent in Charge, IRS Criminal Investigation, Cincinnati Field Office.

This case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigations. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Robert J. Patton.

If convicted, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the court after review of factors unique to this case, including the defendant’s prior criminal record, if any, the defendant’s role in the offense, and the characteristics of the violation.  In all cases, the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and in most cases it will be less than the maximum.

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt.  A defendant is entitled to a fair trial, in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

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Contact: 
Mike Tobin 216.622.3651 michael.tobin@usdoj.gov
Updated May 3, 2018