A Nevada man pleaded guilty today to evading taxes he owed to the IRS.
According to court documents and statements made in court, from around 2009 to 2019, Scott Lawrence owned and operated Turn Two Inc., a Nevada real estate company. In March 2010, the IRS withdrew Lawrence’s personal bank account to settle an existing tax debt he owed to the IRS. After learning about the tax from the IRS, Lawrence began to take action to thwart the IRS’ collection efforts. He started depositing a small portion of his wife’s paycheck into the withdrawn bank account and withdrew the remaining portion in cash. Beginning in 2011, Lawrence began depositing all of his wife’s salary and other income into a corporate bank account held by Turn Two, and used this account to pay for most of his family’s personal expenses. Lawrence also ordered his attorney to pay taxes owed to the IRS from an intentionally overdrawn bank account and send a deceptive letter to the agency. In total, as a result of his evasive driving, Lawrence owes the IRS more than $1.9 million in restitution for his outstanding tax debt from 2005 to 2019.
Lawrence is due to be sentenced on January 26, 2023 and faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison for tax evasion. He also faces a period of supervised release, restitution and financial penalties. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering US sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors.
Acting Assistant Deputy Attorney General Stuart M. Goldberg of the Justice Department’s Taxation Division and U.S. Attorney Jason M. Frierson of the District of Nevada made the announcement.
IRS-Criminal Investigation is investigating the case.
Tax Division prosecutors Patrick Burns and Boris Bourget are pursuing the case.