Clifford Copp, the former owner of a trucking company in Kansas City, Kan., has been sentenced to 33 months in federal prison and ordered to pay $939,408 in restitution for federal income tax evasion.
Copp, of Overland Park, owned Copp Trucking Co.
He pleaded guilty last weekto one count of tax evasion, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s office in Kansas. In his plea, Copp admitted to filing reports to the Internal Revenue Service in 2001 that indicated the company owed about $939,408 in employment taxes that year.
However, federal investigators said, the company did not pay the employment taxes due.
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Investigators said that in February 2004, Copp was assessed recovery penalties of $669,037. When the IRS began collection efforts, Copp concealed his income, the U.S. Attorney’s office said.
Copp allegedly filed a false statement to the IRS that concealed his ownership of assets, including livestock, life insurance and farm equipment. He also concealed his ownership interest in a company called Wildcat Limo LLC, the government said.