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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Oklahoma

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Warr Acres Man Pleads Guilty to Tax Evasion

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – RICKY A. ERWIN, from Warr Acres, Oklahoma, pled guilty yesterday to committing tax evasion, announced Sanford C. Coats, United States Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma.

Erwin was charged by information on January 14, 2015.  As part of his guilty plea, Erwin admitted that he made several affirmative acts to conceal his income, to include enlisting a third party to incorporate a business in 2007 named Pro Tech Supply Inc. (PTSI), and instructing the third party to serve as PTSI’s registered agent to separate himself from the entity. Erwin further admitted to using PTSI as a shell corporation for his construction business and instructing contractors to make payments to PTSI to avoid them having to report his income to the IRS on Form 1099s.

As part of his guilty plea, Erwin agreed to pay restitution to the IRS for the income tax owed for the 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 calendar years, which is approximately $133,015. At sentencing, Erwin faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

This case is the result of an investigation by IRS Criminal Investigation and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles W. Brown.

Updated February 4, 2015