On April 19, 2017, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana,
Michael Thiel, of Baton Rouge, was sentenced to
30 months in prison for tax evasion, two years of supervised release and
ordered to pay $998,352 in restitution to the IRS. Thiel operated a criminal
defense practice in Hammond and, from 2003 through 2013, did not file income or
employment tax returns and didn’t pay taxes he owed. Thiel concealed his income
and assets creating three trust and nominees. Thiel used these three trusts to
evade the payment of federal income and employment taxes. In January 2007, Thiel
used nominees to purchase his primary residence for $435,000 and entered into a
phony lease agreement with the nominees to conceal his ownership of the
property and shield it from IRS collection efforts. Between January 2007 and
January 2014, Thiel deposited $416,283 into the nominee account that was used
to secure and pay the mortgage on the property.
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