After being convicted in November of “tax evasion, corrupt interference with tax administration, and four counts of failure to file a tax return,” Arizona man Van Raymond Brollini, 70, was scheduled to be sentenced on January 29, 2020, according to a press release issued by the U.S. Department of Justice. Though the DOJ has yet to release updates on the outcome of his sentencing hearing, Brollini was facing, at the time of conviction, a sentence of up to five years in federal prison, which is the statutory maximum set forth in 26 U.S. Code § 7201 (attempt to evade or defeat tax). Our criminal tax defense attorneys will continue to follow this case as the DOJ releases new information.
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According to court records, Brollini, then living abroad, was charged with tax evasion in 2013. The same year, he was also indicted on charges of tax obstruction, or the corrupt interference with tax administration (26 U.S. Code § 7212), and failing to file returns (26 U.S. Code § 7203), which is a criminal act when willful, or intentional.
Following his arrest in Texas in 2017, Brollini was detained to ensure his appearance in court, where he pleaded not guilty to all charges. However, a federal jury disagreed, finding Brollini guilty following a trial before U.S. District Judge Cindy K. Jorgenson in November 2019.
Court records show that Brollini, previously an engineer, reported no income to the Internal Revenue Service for a period of several years, despite earning a substantial salary during that time. In so doing, he also knowingly “evaded [the] payment of taxes from 2002 through 2004,” according to the DOJ, which also reported that Brollini “failed to file a return as required for four consecutive years.”
Despite owing more than $180,000 to the IRS, “Brollini ignored… [IRS] notices and set out a concerted endeavor to evade payment of taxes and to attempt to intimidate the IRS employees assigned to collect the taxes owed,” according to court documents.
Willful failure to file tax returns is a misdemeanor, subject to criminal fines of up to $25,000 (or $100,000 for corporations) and/or one year in prison (per count), in addition to civil penalties. Tax obstruction, or impeding the IRS, is a felony punishable by a sentence of up to three years in prison (per count). Tax evasion is the most serious among these offenses, carrying a maximum sentence of five years (per count).
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