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Newsfront - May 25, 2007

Danville dentist pleads guilty to fraud and tax evasion

Son already serving time on same charge

by Jordan M. Doronila

A Danville dentist pleaded guilty last Friday, May 18, to one count of fraud and tax evasion.

Roy Albert Lewis Sr., an oral surgeon, was indicted by a federal grand jury nearly two years ago. He was charged with one count of conspiracy and four counts of tax evasion.

For more than 10 years, he allegedly evaded his taxes from the income he earned as a surgeon. Around 1995, he joined an organization based in Denver called Tower Resources, which assisted its members to evade federal income taxes.

Lewis' medical practice paid money to Tower in exchange for bogus invoices to substantiate huge false business expenses he deducted from his surgical work, the District Attorney said. Tower then deposited the bulk of those funds into an offshore bank account, which he controlled.

He transferred substantial amounts of untaxed income from his practice to the offshore bank account using the Tower scheme, according to his indictment. Additionally, Lewis allegedly attempted to evade tax on a substantial amount of income generated from the sale of his practice in 1998 using a false option agreement made by Tower.

In his plea agreement, he admitted to this conduct.

His son, Roy Lewis Jr., a dentist and also a member of Tower, was charged in the same indictment. He, too, used the Tower false invoicing scheme to conceal transfers of untaxed income from his dental practice to an offshore bank account, aiming to evade federal income tax.

Roy Lewis Jr. was convicted in August 2006 for fraud and tax evasion. In February, he was sentenced to serve 24 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release. He is currently serving that sentence.

Roy Albert Lewis Sr.'s sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 17 in San Francisco. The maximum penalty for each count is five years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine plus three years of supervised release.

Contact Jordan M. Doronila at jdoronila@DanvilleWeekly.com

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