Tax Evasion Case by Former Air Force Pilot

A former U.S. Air Force pilot faces five years in prison after pleading guilty to tax evasion.

William M. Rogers Jr., 70, of Castle Rock, Colorado, worked as a professional pilot in the civilian sector for various companies in Colorado.

During the years 2005 through 2007, according to court records, Rogers had companies he worked for make payments for his pilot work to Sea Scan International Inc., a company he controlled. Rogers deposited checks payable to Sea Scan into a bank account in the name of North Pacific Odyssey Inc., another corporation he controlled, and cashed thousands of dollars of checks drawn on that account. His system of deposits and withdrawals was intended to evade income taxes.

Roger failed to file income tax returns for the years 2005, 2006 and 2007. During that three-year period, he evaded payment of $79,951 in income taxes.

The IRS examined Roger’s tax returns for previous years and assessed additional taxes against him as well. In addition to a prison sentence of up to five years, Rogers may be fined up to $250,000.

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