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SALT LAKE CITY -- A Tremonton man has been sentenced to 42 months in federal prison for tax evasion.
U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups sentenced John Gauruder on Tuesday. Gauruder was convicted of tax evasion following a three-day trial in May. Waddoups also ordered Gauruder, a chiropractor, to pay $408,685.15 in restitution and serve 36 months of supervised release when he finishes his prison sentence.
Prosecutors say the tax loss in Gauruder's case exceeded $1.2 million.
Gauruder was indicted in September 2008, along with his wife, Jana Gauruder, and Rulon DeYoung. Prosecutors say Gauruder told his wife to transfer his family home to The Order of Tranquility, purportedly a religious organization operated by DeYoung. Gauruder then continued to live in the home and opened a bank account in the name of The Order of Tranquilty to pay household expenses, prosecutors say in order to avoid paying taxes. He owed about $212,000 in unpaid taxes.
Jana Gauruder pled guilty to aiding and abetting willful failure to pay tax for 2002. She was sentenced last week to 36 months of probation. DeYoung was previously sentenced to 36 months in prison for four counts of tax evasion and one count of corrupt interference with the due administration of the internal revenue laws.