URBANA, IL- An Urbana man has been sentenced to three years in prison after being convicted of tax evasion.
Self-employed contractor Kurt Scheuneman, 59, was sentenced in federal court in Urbana Thursday. In addition to serving 36 months in prison, Scheuneman will have to pay $84,382 in back taxes.
A jury convicted Scheuneman of three counts of tax evasion and one count of obstruction of internal revenue law back in November. Scheuneman will have to begin serving his sentence on April 20.
According to court documents, Scheuneman purchased a trust system for his business from Tempe, Arizona company Innovative Financial Consultants in 1999.
In 2004, the IRS informed Scheuneman that the trust system he purchased was actually an abusive tax avoidance scheme and that he should complete accurate tax returns.
The IRS says Scheuneman filed to file tax returns from 2000 to 2005 and that during audits, Scheuneman refused to cooperate.