Former IRS Employee Heading to Prison for Evading Over $500,000 in Taxes

October 24, 2019 9:11 AM , Updated November 5, 2019 11:36 AM
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A former Internal Revenue Service employee was sentenced to prison for tax evasion amounting to over $500,000.

According to an announcement from the Justice Department, Craig Orrock, 72, of Salt Lake City, UT was convicted in May by a jury of tax evasion and attempting to obstructing the IRS from collecting taxes owed. He was sentenced to prison this week.

Evidence at trial showed that Orrock filed tax returns for 1993 through 2015, but did not pay the income taxes due on those returns.

He also attempted to prevent the IRS from collecting the reported income taxes by using entities, bank accounts, and trusts in other names to hide his income and assets from IRS collection officers, filing frivolous bankruptcy petitions, and filing an offer-in-compromise falsely representing to the IRS that he had virtually no assets. For example, Orrock used an entity known as Arville PropertiesĀ LLC to conceal from the IRS his ownership of real property that he sold in 2007 for $1.5 million.

Orrock was sentenced to 32 months in prison and ordered to pay $923,666.73 in restitution as well as serving three years of supervised release.

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