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Federal jury finds Minnesota business owner guilty of tax evasion

Federal jury finds Minnesota business owner guilty of tax evasion Photo: U.S. Attorney's Office

Updated: July 25, 2019 04:50 PM

A Minnesota business owner has been found guilty of six counts of tax evasion.

The U.S. Attorney's Office said Thursday that Randal Scot Brinkman, 60, of Medina, was indicted in September and found guilty Thursday after a four-day trial.

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The attorney's office said Brinkman owned and operated a Roseville-based construction company. From 2002 through 2018, Brinkman took steps to hide his income and evade tax assessment, including using sham businesses, closing his personal bank accounts, using money orders and cash to pay for expenses and creating a fake religious organization to hide his income and assets, a release said.

Following a 2007 IRS audit, he filed personal tax returns for 2002 through 2007, admitting he owed more than $145,000 in federal taxes those years, the attorney's office said. However, he never paid any taxes he owed, and failed to file returns or pay federal income taxes from 2012 through 2018.

His sentencing is set for a later date.

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