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Kenai man found guilty of tax evasion

Posted: October 30, 2012 - 12:25pm  |  Updated: January 10, 2013 - 2:29pm

Editor's note: This story was updated to indicate that Michael Spisak is no longer affiliated with TransNorthern Air.

A Kenai-based commercial pilot was convicted Monday of tax evasion.

Michael A. Spisak failed to pay over employees’ taxes to the Internal Revenue Service for two companies, according to evidence introduced during a federal trial. This failure led to expensive tax penalties, which Spisak evaded paying.

Karen L. Loeffler, United States Attorney for the District of Alaska, announced Monday that an Anchorage jury in federal court found Spisak, 46, guilty of tax evasion.

Spisak was remanded to Anchorage Correctional Complex, pending sentencing scheduled for Jan. 10, 2013 at the Nesbett Courthouse in Anchorage.

According to a press release from Loeffler’s office, Spisak is a commercial pilot who worked as an assistant hunting and fishing guide and transporter in Alaska since the 1980s.

The jury found Spisak responsible for not paying over income taxes, social security taxes and Medicare taxes withheld from the employees of TransNorthern Aviation Inc. and Bellair Inc. — companies which he either controlled or owned.

He operated the companies under Ram Aviation, which he establish sometime in the 1980s according to a federal indictment, as well as Hunt and Fish Alaska.

Spisak is no longer affiliated with TransNorthern. The company is owned by Andrea Larson, and operated by Larson and her husband, Alan.

From October 1999 to December 2000, Spisak purchased two Kenai Peninsula properties and three aircraft vehicles, two Pipers and a Cessna, according to the indictment.

TransNorthern failed to pay over taxes totaling $140,134.32 in 2000. And in 2001, the IRS began issuing penalties against the company. For four years, Spisak continued to avoid paying over taxes, and he purchased and transferred ownership of multiple aircraft, according to the indictment.

As a result, the IRS handed down more than $200,000 in tax penalties in 2005, according to the press release.

To evade the payment of the tax penalties, the evidence presented at trial showed Spisak committed numerous acts of tax evasion: he created nominee companies to hold aircraft which he either used in his businesses or controlled; he created an overseas bank account in Belize; he placed assets in the names of others; he paid creditors but not the federal government; he transferred funds through the bank accounts of his children; and he provided false or incomplete information to the IRS and to his tax preparer.

The IRS’s Criminal Investigation Division led the probe of Spisak’s tax evasion.

“The real victim of tax fraud is the honest taxpayer — the person who pays their taxes and trusts that everyone else does the same,” said Kenneth Hines, special agent in charge of IRS criminal investigations in the Pacific Northwest, in the press release. “By investigating those who attempt to hide their assets and evade their taxes, IRS Criminal Investigation (Division) helps assure the honest citizen of the integrity of our nation’s tax system.”

The court will impose a maximum sentence of five years in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both. Spisak’s actual sentence will be based upon the seriousness of his offenses and his criminal history, as required under federal sentencing guidelines.

According to online court records, Spisak faces four counts of second-degree unsworn falsification for an open Kenai case. Court records also show the defendant’s involvement in 14 civil cases since 1985.

 

Jerzy Shedlock can be reached at jerzy.shedlock@peninsulaclarion.com.

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Watchman on the Wall
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Watchman on the Wall 10/31/12 - 02:26 pm
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Possible Tim Geitner FED replacement

The guy has potential in Govt. does he not?
Whe Obama loses maybe Tim Geitner who did not pay his taxes and was rewarded by Obama will be replaced by Romney with his own guy.
Of course this could be just an oversight like Timmys was and now that it has been pointed out an immediate plan shall be inplace to rectify the situation.

radiokenai
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radiokenai 11/01/12 - 06:04 pm
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In these life and times...
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Several years ago, I would agree with the Federal Government in charging this guy with tax evation.... But over the last 4 year of complete irresponsible spending from the biggest idiot of a Peesidenr in our Nation......I am in the side of the pilot! The Federal Goverment be danged! I encourage more people to stand their ground! Don't come whining to me about tax evation when you idiots can't even balance a budget....let alone lowering the deficit! Lucky I was not on the jury! NOT GUILTY OF ANY CHARGES!

Allen
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Allen 11/02/12 - 03:11 pm
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WOTW's daily off-topic

WOTW's daily off-topic anti-Obama rants posted on just about every article are boring. Sir, please take a day off.

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Norseman 11/02/12 - 04:10 pm
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Allen I hit the "ignore user"

Allen I hit the "ignore user" button on him months ago and never looked back.

freedomlibertytruth
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freedomlibertytruth 11/02/12 - 04:12 pm
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Tax Cheat Tim Geithner scandal, he refused to pay $34,000 in tax

WotW: When someone mocks you, insults your opinion, attempts to silence you……turn around quickly
…To prevent the knife heading for your back & The hands going into your purses & wallets. Socialist Progressive hands.
Tax Cheat Tim Geithner scandal, he refused to pay $34,000 in taxes.

Watchman on the Wall
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Watchman on the Wall 11/02/12 - 08:17 pm
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I agree Allen and norseman

I agree with you two about staying on article topic and i'll use your example of that here as i go Foreward.
Allow me to translate my post above for you two.
Tax cheater Timmy Geithner went to work for BO, so when BO loses and Timmy is out maybe Romney who is not much better than BO can hire some one like the person mentioned in this article.
As smart as you two claim to be one would have thought you could have decifered my meaning and points as freedomlibertytruth was able to do.
Thanks for singling me out in this article as you seem to have forgotten to stay on topic as your hate for me caused unrational traits and an inability to do as you wish to force others to do that are farless liberal than you two.
I just might take a few days off though and thanks for caring enough to advise me of my need.
The person in this article as i stated above may not have realized his error and is making plans to rectify it now that it has been pointed out.
One last question for you two. What do ya think about that BO and hiS SACRIFICING OF 4 AMERICANS IN BENGHAZI, LIBYA, AND AREN'T YOU GLAD HE IS NOT YOUR COMMANDER IN CHEIF AS YOU COULD BE NEXT?

radiokenai
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radiokenai 11/02/12 - 11:13 pm
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Stand your ground against Liberal Jerks (like the Norseman) we have the right to express our dislike of Jerk Obama as much as they blow their horn in favor of the dingbat fool! Just because they lack morality and belief in God and Jesus Christ our Lord, does not mean people of honor and patriotism does not have to be heard....after all, the media is full of blowoffs like them trying to lure Americans into immorality and crime. Stand your ground!

radiokenai
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radiokenai 11/02/12 - 11:13 pm
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WOTW
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Stand your ground against Liberal Jerks (like the Norseman) we have the right to express our dislike of Jerk Obama as much as they blow their horn in favor of the dingbat fool! Just because they lack morality and belief in God and Jesus Christ our Lord, does not mean people of honor and patriotism does not have to be heard....after all, the media is full of blowoffs like them trying to lure Americans into immorality and crime. Stand your ground!

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