Although it typically takes the working class a few days (or even weeks) to get into the swing of things after the New Year, the IRS and Department of Justice picked up right where they left off. Only days after we rang in 2017, the Department of Justice secured an indictment against a Utah businessman.
According to a Department of Justice press release, Peter N. Nordberg, a former resident of Draper, Utah, was recently indicted by a federal grand jury on one count of tax evasion. The federal grand jury, sitting in Salt Lake City, heard testimony about Nordberg’s business activities and alleged actions that may constitute federal tax evasion.
The indictment alleges that in 2009 and 2010, Nordberg, who served as the Chief Operating Officer of Max International, failed to report substantial sums of income earned in the form of commissions on his federal individual tax return. Max International is a company that manufactures and sells nutritional and health food supplements. Sales are conducted through a network of distributors and independent sales agents. Nordberg’s compensation package included a base salary and a portion of the commission on all Max International sales.
Prosecutors allege that Nordberg set up a nominee entity in Delaware to receive commission payments from Max International on his behalf. When Nordberg filed his federal income taxes, he is alleged to have omitted the commission payments. Nordberg faces up to five years in a federal prison if he is convicted on the single count of tax evasion. If convicted, he will also likely be ordered to repay the federal government and may be subject to an additional term of supervised release.
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