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Oregon AG Kroger Charging Sizemores in New Tax Evasion Case

Attorney General Kroger said that several other potential tax evasion cases are under investigation.
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(SALEM, Ore.) - Oregon Attorney General John Kroger today announced that the Oregon Department of Justice has filed tax evasion charges against Bill and Cindy Sizemore.

The Sizemores were each indicted by a grand jury on three counts of Oregon Personal Income Tax Evasion. The indictment alleges that Bill and Cindy Sizemore each failed to file tax returns for the tax years 2006, 2007 and 2008.

The indictments were issued by the grand jury on October 27, but not unsealed until after the state tax amnesty period ended Nov. 19. Late last week, Oregon Department of Revenue officials confirmed that the Sizemores did not seek to take advantage of the tax amnesty, which was an opportunity for taxpayers to file or amend tax returns in exchange for a waiver of civil penalties and partial interest.

This is the second tax evasion case filed by the Oregon Department of Justice since the end of the amnesty period. On Nov. 20, two counts of Oregon Personal Income Tax Evasion and two counts of Unlawful Manufacture and Delivery of Marijuana were filed against Michael Troy Dyer of West Salem.

All criminal defendants are innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Evidence in support of the charges against Bill and Cindy Sizemore was uncovered during a civil lawsuit against entities controlled by Bill Sizemore. That lawsuit established that Bill Sizemore set up a sham charity to hide political contributions to various ballot measure campaigns with which he was associated. As a result of that case, Sizemore was banned from managing any charity in an order signed by the court in May 2009. The Oregon Department of Justice’s Charitable Activities Section, which handled the civil lawsuit, referred the potential criminal charges to the Department of Justice’s Criminal Justice Division earlier this year. The Criminal Justice Division completed the tax investigation and will handle the newly indicted case in court.

“It is a written policy that any allegations of criminal wrongdoing unearthed during a Department of Justice civil investigation be referred to the department’s Criminal Justice Division for possible prosecution,” said Sean Riddell, the head of the Criminal Justice Division. “We cannot ignore evidence of criminal conduct. We were obligated to follow up on evidence of tax evasion that arose during the civil case.”

Attorney General Kroger said that several other potential tax evasion cases are under investigation.

Attorney General John Kroger leads the Oregon Department of Justice. The Department's mission is to fight crime and fraud, protect the environment, improve child welfare, and defend the rights of all Oregonians.


News release from the Oregon DOJ

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Cindy Sizemore December 3, 2009 8:04 pm (Pacific time)

I am curious about the fact that not one story in this whole mess had reported the truth. That Bill and Cindy Sizemore PAID the estimated tax owing in 2006 AND 2007, but Bill didn't actually file the returns because of the on going lawsuits and legal harrassment of the government unions.

Earl December 1, 2009 1:02 pm (Pacific time)

In my opinion I can think of dozens of well known government officals that have had far worse tax problems than Sizemore. How about the current Sec. of the Treasury and Mr. Tax writer himself, Rep. Charlie Rangel from New York. The latter fellow has been put on the back burner for a couple of years now, so why isn't Atty. Gen. Eric Holder indicting him? Sounds very similar to why he ignored the guys who were intimidating voters in Philly November 2008. They in effect were guilty by not showing up to a hearing. Rep. Shrader from the 5th district in Oregon was reported not to have paid taxes in 17 different tax cycles, so what happened there? Seems that we have political prosecutions more often now than the rule of law process going forward regardless of ones political affiliation. I know very little about Sizemore, but as far as professional political operatives go he is small change compared to most. Just look at top Obama political advisor Axlerod? He's been reported to still be pulling down millions while collecting government bennies, so what goes on here?

Henry Clay Ruark November 30, 2009 4:35 pm (Pacific time)

R.M.: You wrote:"...there are many many people holding some sort of high government office that have not paid taxes and a pattern does exist."  Do you have indications of any kind for any individuals ?  Have you contacted proper agencies to provide them with what you have --or should have if you make public statement such as this one.  If you DO, better fly at the task before they come seeking you, as is their legal duty after such public charge as this.  Re Sizemore, he is specially vulnerable via longtime record already leading to previous charges and convictions, thus follow-up/demanded for agency doing its job. We should laud both Kroger and his agency --and, if we have any information on which they need to do more, our role is to provide it rather than quibble over anyone apparently still escaping.


Roger Miles November 30, 2009 3:30 pm (Pacific time)

I am not a big fan of anyone who fails to pay their taxes and feel quite strongly that if a person has a pattern of not paying taxes, then they should "not" be allowed to hold an elective office (by law) nor any position in government where honesty, ethics, integrity and fiduciary responsibiliy is inherent in those positions. That being said, there are many many people holding some sort of high government office that have not paid taxes and a pattern does exist. For example, how come the state AG's office did not pursue Rep. Shrader for not paying taxes 17 times as reported by the media? I could go on and list many people but you all get my point, right?

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