On Monday, it was announced that a former Utah chiropractor had been sentenced to 33 months in prison for tax evasion and obstructing the internal revenue laws. The defendant, 65-year-old Louis Hansen, also owned a health care products business. He was convicted following a jury trial in July.
Documents submitted in court and trial evidence show that Hansen tried to evade paying his federal income taxes for the 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2010 tax years. For 2005, 2006 and 2010, Hansen filed returns confirming that he owned taxes, but he did not pay the amounts in full. In 2007, the defendant’s return was audited and it was discovered that he owed additional taxes.
In March of 2012, Hansen sent a check to the IRS in the amount of $342,699 from a closed bank account in the name of another individual. After sending the check, he claimed that his tax debt had been paid. He promptly sent a signed letter to the revenue officer claiming the taxes were paid. Several months later, the defendant sent 10 more checks to at least six IRS locations.
Again, the checks were from closed accounts in the name of another individual. In addition to the 33 months in prison, Hansen will also service three years of supervised release. He has also been ordered to pay $342,699 in restitution to the IRS.