Former CEO of a Utah Charity is Convicted of a $1.3 Million Tax Evasion Scheme

Ashley Robinson, the former chief executive officer of a charity based in Utah, received a one-year and one-day prison sentence on Monday. She was convicted of tax evasion in connection with a scheme that generated $1.3 million. Robinson, the leader of a charity specializing in the distribution of medical supplies, was implicated in fraudulent activities from 2013 to 2019, the United States Department of Justice disclosed, causing the IRS significant financial loss.

The Salt Lake City-based charity purportedly gathered medical supplies with the intention of distributing them to victims. However, through his collusion with Gurcharan “Jazzy” Singh, Robinson successfully transformed the endeavor into a lucrative fraud. Singh, according to the DOJ, would allegedly distribute medical supplies under the guise that they were charitable donations. Following this, Robinson would engage in the sale of said items to a third party, remit the generated revenue to Singh, and retain 10% of the total revenue.

Robinson incurred a tax loss of $485,982 to the federal government as a consequence of failing to report and pay taxes on this illicit income on his federal tax returns. Robinson utilized the fraudulent funds to finance his extravagant lifestyle by paying off his mortgage and acquiring luxury automobiles, such as a Maserati, Mercedes Benz, and Audi, which he benefactoriously donated to a colleague.

Robinson was convicted and sentenced to approximately $485,982 in restitution to the United States, as a result of the court’s ruling regarding the repercussions of his conduct. The aggregate tax loss resulting from the evasion is denoted by this amount. Singh, an accomplice of Robinson in the conspiracy, was simultaneously sentenced to one year and one day in prison after being prosecuted separately in the Central District of California.

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This case underscores substantial violations of legal obligation and trust, encompassing not only financial impropriety but also the ethical ramifications of capitalizing on a philanthropic entity for individual benefit. Particularly when they involve the misapplication of resources intended for the public good, the sentencing serves as a reminder of the grave repercussions of such fraudulent activities.

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