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Newsfront - August 24, 2007

Danville dentist dad sentenced to two years in prison

Father and son imprisoned for defrauding I.R.S.

by Jordan M. Doronila

A judge sentenced LeRoy Albert Lewis, 73, an oral surgeon from Danville, earlier this week to two years in prison for defrauding the Internal Revenue Service, said U.S. Attorney Scott N. Schools.

The announcement of Lewis' sentencing came on Monday, Aug. 20. He pleaded guilty in May to one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States. He had attempted to evade tax on income he earned from his medical practice for more than 10 years, according to legal documents.

LeRoy Lewis' son, Roy Lewis, 51, also a dentist, was convicted of defrauding the U.S., too. He was sentenced in February to serve two years in prison, U.S. Justice Department officials said.

LeRoy Lewis joined an organization based in Denver called Tower Executive Resources Ltd. in 1995. The group assisted its members to evade federal income taxes, in part by providing a false invoicing scheme to offset income the members' businesses earned.

His medical practice paid funds to Tower in exchange for bogus Tower invoices to substantiate huge false business expenses he deducted on the medical practice returns. Tower then deposited the bulk of those funds into an offshore bank account, which Lewis controlled.

He transferred substantial amounts of untaxed income from his medical practice to an offshore bank account using the Tower scheme. His indictment alleges that he attempted to evade tax on a substantial amount of income generated from the sale of his medical practice in 1998 using a false option agreement crafted by Tower.

Roy Lewis was also part of the Tower scheme and is currently serving his sentence.

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