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Federal Grand Jury Indicts San Antonio Man for Tax Evasion

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

In San Antonio today, a federal grand jury indicted a San Antonio man for allegedly attempting to evade paying approximately $900,000 in taxes announced United States Attorney Richard L. Durbin, Jr.


The indictment charges Robert Steven Powell with three counts of tax evasion. The indictment alleges that from October 2000 to December 2013, Powell willfully attempted to evade paying income tax due to the United States for the calendar years 1999 through 2011. The indictment further alleges that Powell placed various assets, including real estate and a recreational vehicle in the names of nominees; concealed his physical address by using identification documents from multiple states with addresses at which he did not reside; and, submitted false IRS forms to his employer.


Upon conviction of each tax evasion charge, Powel faces up to five years in federal prison.


Agents with the Internal Revenue Service—Criminal Investigation conducted this investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney William R. Harris and Department of Justice Tax Division Trial Attorney Gregory P. Bailey are prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.


An indictment is merely a charge and should not be considered as evidence of guilt. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Updated April 5, 2017