Auburn man pleads guilty to federal tax evasion and agrees to pay nearly $1 million in restitution


Date: May 24, 2022


Montgomery, AL — On Monday, May 23, 2022, Clifford R. Lange, Jr. from Auburn, Alabama, pleaded guilty to federal tax evasion, announced U.S. Attorney Sandra J. Stewart.

According to the plea agreement and other court records, from 2011 to 2019, Lange filed false tax returns on behalf of himself and his spouse that significantly underreported each years' taxable income. By failing to report the additional income, Lange illegally lowered his federal tax liability by approximately $654,021.00 over the nine-year period. As part of his plea agreement, Lange has agreed to pay nearly $1 million in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service, which includes the actual tax loss to the United States as well as penalties and interest that have accrued.

A sentencing hearing will take place in the coming months. At sentencing, Lange is facing up to five years in prison and a fine of not more than $250,000.00, or twice the value of the property involved in the transaction, whichever is greater. There is no parole in the federal system.

This case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service's Criminal Investigation Division. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Stephen K. Moulton and Megan A. Kirkpatrick are prosecuting the case.