Fox guarding henhouse: Former IRS employee convicted of $½ million tax evasion

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U.S. Dept. of Justice press release says that on May 13, 2019, a federal jury in Las Vegas, Nevada, convicted former attorney and former Internal Revenue Service (IRS) employee Craig P. Orrock, 71, of Sandy, Utah, of tax evasion and obstructing internal revenue laws.

According to court documents and evidence presented at trial, starting in the early 1990s, Orrock evaded the payment of his federal income taxes and obstructed IRS efforts to collect those taxes. Although Orrock filed federal individual income tax returns for the years 1993 through 2015, he failed to pay the income taxes reported as due. He attempted to prevent the IRS from collecting the reported income taxes through the use of nominee entities, bank accounts and trusts to hide his income and assets from IRS collection officers. Orrock attempted to evade the assessment of a large part of the income tax he owed for 2007, by concealing from the IRS both the ownership of real estate he held through a nominee known as Arville Properties LLC as well as the proceeds from the sale of the property.

From 1993 through 2015, Orrock evaded the payment of over $500,000 in federal income taxes.

Orrock faces up to 13 years in prison, as well as a period of supervised release, restitution and monetary penalties. Sentencing is scheduled for August 26.

According to the Salt Lake Tribune, another way in which Orrock evaded paying taxes owed for the years 2000 through 2006 was by filing false bankruptcy petitions. Orrock’s profile on TruthFinder says he had filed for bankruptcy 5 times — in 1996, 2003, May and November of 2011, and in 2012.





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