An Oregon man will spend nearly 3.5 years in jail for failing to pay more than $ 1.7 million in personal income tax.
US District Court Judge Michael H. Simon on Monday sentenced Robert Andrew Lund to 41 months in prison for tax evasion and theft of public funds, according to court records. Lund also faces a 12-month prison sentence for failing to file taxes in 2013 and 2014, although he will serve it at the same time.
In addition to serving a sentence in federal prison, he will have to pay $ 1.8 million in restitution – $ 1.7 million to the IRS and about $ 70,000 to the state.
Prosecutors said Lund had spent more than a decade defrauding the IRS through tax and state evasion by falsely claiming benefits meant to help those experiencing poverty.
“Three things show Lund’s real me: his willingness to dodge the IRS for 15 years, his theft of public benefits from Oregon residents in need while earning between $ 6,000 and $ 29,000 per month. , and his misrepresentation of his income and assets to several courts in affidavits he filed, ”one sentencing memorandum read.
Lund, a computer engineer and programmer, quit his job at Hewlett-Packard and moved to Oregon in the mid-1980s, creating a computer consulting company that quickly became lucrative, according to a press release from the attorney’s office US for the Oregon District. .
He tried to hide his fortune from the IRS for more than a decade after unsuccessfully appealing tax assessments, prosecutors said. He used a series of limited liability companies, threatened IRS employees, argued he was not a U.S. citizen despite the vote, filed false bankruptcies and lied under oath, according to a sentencing memorandum.
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Lund used his tax-free profits to buy 90 acres of land outside Eugene and build a 7,000 square foot house later valued at $ 950,000 and built a private airstrip on the property, says the press release.
He also bought the old Albany Town Hall and Post Office building, which he used to run his computer consulting company and several small businesses, including a health food store, bookstore. and a scuba diving equipment and training company, the statement added. He also bought rental properties in the state.
For three years starting in 2012, Lund applied for and received food stamps and Medicaid benefits by telling Oregon he was a part-time handyman making $ 810 a month, prosecutors said. In fact, they added, he was worth over $ 1.5 million and had a personal income of over $ 10,000 per month.
After a complex tax evasion investigation, a federal grand jury in Portland indicted Lund in June 2019 with charges of tax evasion, failure to file personal income tax returns, obstruction or obstruction of tax. ‘IRS and theft of public funds. He was also charged in another case with making a false statement in a personal bankruptcy case.
In July 2021, Lund pleaded guilty tax evasion, failure to file personal income tax returns, and theft of food stamps and Medicaid benefits. Prosecutors dismissed the other charges as part of a plea deal.
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This article originally appeared on Register-Guard: Engineer who built the Oregon mansion to serve over 3 years for tax evasion