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A Utah resident and former attorney for the IRS has pleaded not guilty to a federal court indictment in Nevada charging him with tax evasion.
A grand jury in Las Vegas indicted Craig P. Orrock, 68, Sandy, on two tax evasion counts and one of attempting to interfere with the IRS' administration of tax laws.
The April 28 indictment alleges that from 2001 to 2010, Orrock attempted to evade paying taxes owed for the years 2000 through 2006 by filing false bankruptcy petitions and fraudulent tax returns and offers to settle with the IRS. He also allegedly tried to evade taxes due for the year 2007 by concealing his ownership of property held in the name of a straw owner.
Asked to comment on the allegations, Orrock said in a text message, "In my opinion this investigation started after I and several seniors that were the victims of a Las Vegas Ponzi scheme requested a congressional investigation of Las Vegas IRS for arbitrarily denying them tax refunds they were lawfully due."
If convicted, he faces up to five years in prison on the tax evasion charges and up to three years on the interference count.