Roofing Business Owner, Ryan Wilkinson Sentenced For Tax Evasion
DURANGO (STL.News) United States Attorney Jason R. Dunn announced that Ryan Wilkinson, age 42, of Durango, Colorado was sentenced on February 2, 2021, to serve 3 months in prison, followed by 6 months of home confinement to be served during 3 years of supervised release for tax evasion. Wilkinson was also ordered to pay restitution of $228,300.41 to the IRS. Wilkinson pleaded guilty on October 23, 2020.
According to the Information and plea agreement, Wilkinson is the sole owner and operator of a roofing company in Durango, Colorado. From at least January 2015, through December 2017, Wilkinson earned substantial personal income from this company but did not file federal income tax returns despite being aware of his legal obligation to do so. During this time, Wilkinson hired a bookkeeper to assist with the QuickBooks for his company yet refused to provide sufficient records and information for the bookkeeper to accurately record Wilkinson’s income and expenses. Additionally, Wilkinson had his company pay the rent on his personal residence and make payments for one of his personal investments. He instructed the bookkeeper to classify these payments as business expenses, despite being told that these personal expenses could not be classified as business expenses.