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Lebanese Robert Andrew Lund was sentenced on Monday, November 15, to 41 months in federal prison and three years on probation after failing to pay more than $ 1.7 million in personal income taxes in a case dating back to 2001, according to a press release from the prosecutor’s office American.
Lund started a private IT consulting firm called Lund Performance Solutions in the mid-1980s, according to court documents. His clients included large corporations, school districts and healthcare companies located across the country.
In 1993, Lund allegedly paid $ 30,000 to an offshore trust promoter to establish layers of trusts to hide profits from the IRS, according to the press release. Despite being very profitable, Lund reported almost no income from 1994 to 1996.
The IRS audited Lund, determining that he owed more than $ 2.7 million in taxes and penalties. Lund used his tax-free profits to buy 90 acres of land outside Eugene and build a 7,000 square foot house worth $ 950,000. Pilot, there is also built a private airstrip.
Lund bought the old Albany Town Hall and Post Office building, a trailer park and two rental houses. He ran LPS and several small businesses, including a health food store, bookstore, and scuba diving business, all located in the Albany building.
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Lund challenged his tax assessments in the United States Tax Court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Both claimed he owed the IRS unpaid taxes. In response, Lund has stopped filing tax returns, setting up numerous limited liability companies and trusts to hide his income and assets, according to the press release.
Meanwhile, Lund enlisted the help of a well-known Georgian tax-protesting lawyer, Kyle Weeks. Weeks later, he surrendered his license to practice and was found guilty of filing false income tax returns.
For a decade, the IRS sent Lund dozens of letters, invoices, and summons for financial records. He responded with his own letters, claiming that he was not a U.S. citizen and therefore not subject to tax or IRS authority.
According to federal officials, Lund has repeatedly transferred title to his properties to various entities and straw people; concealed rental income by signing leases with the names of at least 16 LLCs, partnerships and trusts; requested and received food stamps and Medicaid benefits; and convinced an employee to open a bank account in the name of one of Lund’s trusts.
On his food stamps and Medicaid claims, Lund claimed to be a part-time handyman who only made $ 810 per month. In total, Lund stole around $ 70,000 in public benefits, most of which was paid for by the federal government.
On June 12, 2019, a federal grand jury in Portland released an indictment charging Lund with tax evasion, failure to file personal income tax returns, obstructing or obstructing the IRS, and theft of public funds. He was also charged in another federal case with making a false statement in a personal bankruptcy case.
Two years later, in July 2021, Lund pleaded guilty to tax evasion, failure to file personal income, and theft of food stamps and Medicaid benefits. Lund’s other charges were dismissed in his plea agreement. He was ordered to pay over $ 1.7 million in restitution to the IRS and $ 70,000 to the Oregon Health Authority.