It may take a while, but the taxpayer always comes.
An Oregon computer consultant who owned a million-dollar property and business has been sentenced to 3 years in prison after a complex and decades-long effort to avoid paying taxes.
Robert Andrew Lund, 63, of Ore Lebanon, was so limited in hiding his income from his computer company, rental property, health food store, bookstore and scuba diving business that he even collected food stamps and Medicaid benefits, prosecutors said.
Lund, who worked at Hewlett-Packard in the 1970s and later became a successful computer programming consultant, was convicted in July of tax evasion, failure to file a personal income tax return and theft of government benefits. He was sentenced to 41 months in federal prison this week.
A message left with Lund’s attorney was not immediately returned.
“‘[Lund] He asserted that his confession had been obtained through torture, and that his confession had been obtained through torture. ‘“
Lund’s tax evasion Odyssey in the mid-1990s, when he was convicted of illegally forming his computer consultant through a trust to avoid paying the IRS, and was ordered to pay $ 444,000 in return taxes.
Instead of paying his dues, Lund appealed the verdict and simply stopped filing taxes, prosecutors said. He then engaged in the promotion of a long-running letter to the IRS claiming that he was not a U.S. citizen and that the tax authorities had no authority over him – the language being consistent with the sovereign civil movement.
Members of the movement deny the legitimacy of the U.S. government and often refuse to pay taxes and end the legal system through endless and obstructive court filings. At the time, Lund was holding a tax-protesting attorney who was later convicted of tax evasion and fired.
Prosecutors say Lund also took away much of his property – his computer business, a seven-bedroom house and a 90-acre compound with an airstrip, a former city hall in Albany, Oret and a post office building and a trailer park owned by him – a corporate entity controlled by others, including his father. Multiple levels.
Meanwhile, Lund lost his appeal in his tax judgment, tried several times to file for bankruptcy, and applied for and received several thousand dollars in food stamps and Medicaid benefits.
In a Food Stamp application, Lund claims that he is a part-time worker who earns only $ 810 a month. Prosecutors said that at the time this happened, Lund actually owned property and businesses worth millions.
While he was suspended from paying taxes, prosecutors say the bill continued to rise to $ 1.7 million, along with fines and interest. As part of his conviction, Lund agreed to pay the IRS and Oregon State officials that he had received fraudulent benefits.
In the court filing, Lund’s attorney said his client admitted that he had followed bad tax and legal advice from people associated with the sovereign movement. She says in recent years, she has become a naturopath and is committed to helping people.
Dozens of letters to the judge for humility described Lund as a man of God who, for many, was a great spiritual counselor and a loving grandfather.