A Utah man was sentenced today to five years in prison for evading more than $1.8 million in federal income tax and obstructing IRS efforts to recover the money he he must.
According to court documents and evidence presented at trial, Derald Wilford Geddes of Ogden was a dentist who owned and operated Mount Ogden Dental PC. From approximately 1998 to 2014, Geddes took repeated action to evade the federal income taxes he owed and to obstruct IRS efforts to collect his tax debt. Among other efforts, Geddes filed bogus liens on his own properties, submitted to the IRS bogus “bonds to discharge a debt” he claimed came from the former Treasury Secretary’s account, and produced bogus corporate income tax returns. In March 2022, Geddes was found guilty at trial by a federal jury of tax evasion, filing false tax returns, and obstructing the IRS.
In addition to the jail sentence, U.S. District Judge Tena Campbell ordered Geddes to serve 36 months of probation and pay approximately $1.8 million in restitution to the United States.
Acting Assistant Deputy Attorney General Stuart M. Goldberg of the Justice Department’s Taxation Division and U.S. Attorney Trina A. Higgins of the District of Utah made the announcement.
IRS-Criminal Investigation investigated the case.
Trial prosecutors Ahmed Almudallal and Christopher Lin of the Justice Department’s Taxation Division prosecuted the case.