Clifford C. Copp, 58, Overland Park, Kan., who owned Copp Trucking Co. in Kansas City, Kan., has been indicted on a federal tax evasion charge. The company closed in 2001.
The indictment alleges that while Copp Trucking was in business the defendant was responsible for paying quarterly employment taxes for the company. In 2001, he filed reports to the IRS indicating the company owed approximately $939,408 in employment taxes for that year, the U.S. attorney’s office stated. However, the company did not pay the employment taxes due, the U.S. attorney’s office stated.
In February 2004 he was assessed trust fund recovery penalties of $669,037, according to the U.S. attorney’s office. Since then he has provided false information to the IRS the U.S. attorney’s office stated. He failed to accurately disclose his monthly income, concealed assets, and placed funds and property in the names of nominees, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.
If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. The Internal Revenue Service investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Chris Oakley is prosecuting.