Friday, June 23, 2017
Following up on my previous posts (links below): Minnesota Lawyer, Former Tax Judge Sentenced to Prison for Tax Fraud:
Former Minnesota Tax Court Judge Diane Kroupa is headed to prison for — wait for it — tax fraud. So is her husband, who received a shorter sentence.
Kroupa, 61, was sentenced to 34 months and Robert Fackler, 63 was sentenced to 24 months. They must pay $457,104 in joint restitution.
Both defendants entered guilty pleas and were sentenced June 22 by Judge Wilhelmina M. Wright in U.S. District Court in St. Paul. In addressing Kroupa’s extensive tax fraud committed while a sitting U.S. Tax Court judge, Wright stated, “When a person in a position of trust violates that trust, the public is a victim,” and further noted that Kroupa’s fraud undermined the trust in the justice system.
Kroupa was a Minnesota Tax Court Judge from 1995 to 2001 and was chief judge from 1998 to 2001. She was appointed by President George W. Bush as a federal judge on the United States Tax Court, on June 13, 2003, for a term ending June 12, 2018. She retired from the Tax Court on June 16, 2014.
Prior TaxProf Blog coverage: