LEBANON, Ore. – A Lebanese man pleaded guilty on Monday to six charges over a decade-long tax evasion program.
Robert Lund failed to pay more than $ 1.7 million in 2001 income taxes.
According to court records, Lund moved to Oregon after several years working for Hewlett Packard in the 1980s and started a private computer consulting firm. His clients have included large corporations, school districts, and healthcare companies in the United States.
In 1993, Lund reportedly paid $ 30,000 to an offshore trust promoter to hide his profits from the Internal Revenue Service. When the IRS examined him, he found that he owed nearly $ 3 million in taxes and fines.
Lund then completely stopped filing tax returns and formed several limited liability companies and trusts to hide his income and assets, the US Attorney’s Office said.
A well-known Georgia tax demonstrator attorney assisted Lund, and Kyle Weeks later gave up his bar license and was convicted of filing false tax returns.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office said Lund had dodged the IRS for many years and made exceptional efforts including real estate transfers, claiming not to be a U.S. citizen, and applying for and receiving food stamps and Medicaid benefits, claiming to be a part-time handyman. He stole about $ 70,000 in government grants.
Lund reportedly used his untaxed profits to buy 90 acres of land outside of Eugene, where he built a nearly million dollar, 7,000-square-foot home. He also added a private runway as he is a light aircraft pilot. In addition to these purchases, Lund bought the former town hall and post office in Albany, a trailer park with several rental units and two rental houses.