Columbus tax attorney Marcus Dunn was sentenced to 18 months in prison on Wednesday, September 9th.
in 2010, the IRS audited one of his clients’s entities. In response to an IRS revenue officer’s request for documentation supporting the entities’ claimed clinical equipment depreciation deductions, Dunn provided false “bills of sale” purporting to support the deductions, but which in fact falsely inflated the value of the equipment. At the same time that Dunn provided these inflated values to the IRS, he provided contradictory valuation information to third parties.
In 2011, Dunn filed petitions in U.S. Tax Court challenging the IRS’s determination that some of the audited entities owed additional taxes. The case was ultimately settled with an agreement that approximately $608,583 was due. When the IRS revenue officer attempted to collect the settlement amount in 2014, Dunn frustrated the IRS’s collection efforts by falsely representing that the relevant entities were defunct with no assets. In all, Dunn caused the IRS a tax loss of $513,960.
On Nov. 26, 2018, Dunn pleaded guilty to attempting to impede and obstruct the IRS and the Supreme Court of Ohio suspended Dunn’s license to practice law in March 2019.
In addition to the term of imprisonment, the judge ordered Dunn to serve three years of supervised release. Restitution to the government has already been paid using funds seized from his previous client.