A chiropractor and health-care products business owner has been convicted by a jury in Salt Lake City, Utah, of attempting to evade the payment of his federal income taxes and “corruptly endeavoring” to impair the administration of the internal revenue laws.
According to the evidence presented at trial and other court documents, in March 2012, Louis Hansen, of Orem, presented a check to the IRS in the amount of $342,699.41 which was drawn on a closed bank account in a “fraudulent attempt” to pay taxes, penalties, and interest that he owed for a number of years.
In June 2012, Hansen presented another 10 additional checks to the IRS drawn on a different closed bank account in a second attempt to fraudulently discharge his tax debt.
Each of these 10 checks was in the amount of $425,000, and the evidence showed that they were sent to at least six different IRS offices.
Hansen now faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison for tax evasion and three years in prison for “corruptly impeding the internal revenue laws”.
The case was investigated by the criminal investigation unit at the IRS.