On November 21, 2016 an Oregon, Ohio psychiatrist was sentenced to serve 18 months in prison in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio for tax evasion.
According to court records, from as early as 2005, Dr. Sandra Vonderembse failed to pay taxes and filed and caused to be filed with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) false and fraudulent tax returns that included false statements regarding her income and the amount of tax due and owing.
Why did this case go criminal? It is the false statements that get the "tax evasion" count rather than the lesser non-fraud offense of "subscribing false tax returns." Additionally, from 2009 through 2011, Dr. Vonderembse falsely claimed to have no taxable income and to owe no taxes, despite earning more than $240,000 each year while working as a psychiatrist. It is due to Dr. Vonderembse allegedly using nominee entities to conceal income from the IRS, and sending fake financial instruments to the IRS in purported payment of her taxes.