Minnesota business owner sentenced to 46 months in prison for tax evasion


Date: January 28, 2020

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Randal Scot Brinkman was sentenced to 46 months in prison. Brinkman, who was found guilty on July 25, 2019, following a four-day jury trial, was sentenced today by Judge Joan N. Ericksen in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

As proven at trial, Brinkman owned and operated a Roseville-based construction company. From 1999 through 2018, Brinkman took steps to hide his income and to actively evade the assessment of taxes, including using sham businesses, closing his personal bank accounts, using money orders and cash to pay for daily expenses, and creating a fake religious organization in order to hide his income and assets.

Following a 2007 IRS audit, Brinkman filed personal income tax returns for the calendar years 2002 through 2007, admitting that he owed more than $145,000 in federal income taxes for those years. Nevertheless, despite filing the returns, Brinkman didn't pay any of the taxes he admitted he owed to the IRS. Brinkman also failed to file tax returns or pay any of his federal income taxes from 2012 through 2018.

This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the Criminal Investigation Division of the IRS and the Minnesota Department of Revenue.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Joseph H. Thompson and Alexander D. Chiquione.