He was a member of a group that promoted tax evasion.

 A Texas man was sentenced to 51 months in prison and ordered to pay $345,136.68 in restitution to the IRS for tax evasion.

In September 2018, Robert Steven Powell, of San Antonio, Texas, 68, was found guilty of three counts of tax evasion. According to testimony at trial, Powell was a member of a tax scheme organization that promoted tax evasion. Although Powell earned wages as high as $236,098 per year, he failed to pay income taxes from 2000 to 2013. Powell evaded payment of his federal taxes by submitting false W-4 forms to his employer and claiming he was exempt from federal income tax withholding. Powell also placed a house and recreational vehicle in other names and attempted to conceal his physical address from the IRS by obtaining identification documents from multiple states using false personal residence addresses.

“Millions of Americans faithfully pay their income taxes every year,” U.S. Attorney Ashley C. Hoff said in a prepared statement.  “Those who dodge paying taxes disproportionately burden their fellow citizens and will face the consequences.”

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