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Utah man charged with evading $450K in federal taxes

By Lauren Bennett, | Posted - Feb. 28, 2020 at 8:11 p.m.

SALT LAKE CITY — A Price man was charged in federal court on Thursday with evading $450,000 in taxes, according to court documents.

James Cunningham is charged in U.S. District Court for Utah with one count of tax evasion and eight counts of aiding or assisting preparation of false or fraudulent documents.

Cunningham allegedly didn’t pay federal income taxes in 2000, 2001 and 2013, totaling to about $450,000 in income tax, penalties and interest, according to an indictment filed on Thursday.

Cunningham, who lived in Draper and Bluffdale when he allegedly evaded taxes, concealed income from the government in 2013, court documents state.

He also used other individuals to get insurance licenses to sell insurance and earn income under aliases, court documents allege.

The indictment alleges Cunningham aided in submitting false tax forms to the IRS.

If convicted, Cunningham could spend up to five years in prison on the tax evasion charge and up to three years maximum for each count of aiding and assisting a fraudulent tax return, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney for Utah John Huber.

Lauren Bennett

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