LEBANON, Ore. – A Lebanon man pleaded guilty Monday to six felony charges in a decades-long tax evasion scheme.
Robert Lund failed to pay more than $1.7 million in personal income taxes dating back to 2001.
According to court documents, Lund moved to Oregon in the 1980s after several years as an employee with Hewlett Packard and started a private computer consulting company. His clients included large businesses, school districts and health care companies throughout the US.
In 1993, Lund reportedly paid $30,000 to an offshore trust promoter to hide his profits from the Internal Revenue Service. When the IRS audited him, they found he owed nearly $3 million in taxes and penalties.
Lund then stopped filing tax returns altogether and created several limited liability companies and trusts to conceal his income and assets, the U.S. Attorney’s office said.
A known tax protester attorney from Georgia assisted Lund, and Kyle Weeks later surrendered his law license and was convicted for filing false tax returns.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office said Lund dodged the IRS over many years, going to extraordinary lengths, including transferring properties, claimed to not be a U.S. citizen and applied for and received food stamps and Medicaid benefits, claiming to be a part-time handyman. He stole about $70,000 in public benefits.
Lund reportedly used his untaxed profits to buy 90 acres of land outside Eugene, where he built an almost million-dollar 7,000-square-foot home. He also added a private landing strip as he is a small aircraft pilot. On top of these purchases, Lund bought the former city hall and post office building in Albany, a trailer park with multiple rental units, and two rental houses.