GJ woman loses appeal, will go back to prison for tax evasion

For the second time in as many years, a Grand Junction woman has been ordered to report to federal prison for convictions on tax evasion charges.

In a ruling handed down March 16, Senior U.S. District Court Judge Walker Miller said 55-year-old Kris Smith must show up at noon on April 19 to an unspecified federal facility.

The judge ordered Smith to complete her two-year sentence stemming from Smith’s jury trial conviction in 2006 on four counts of false reporting on an income tax form, and one count of failure to file a tax return from 1999 to 2001.

Indicted by a federal grand jury in 2005, prosecutors alleged Smith in 1999 joined Anderson’s Ark and Associates, promoting and selling fraudulent tax shelters.

Anderson’s Ark and Associates operated the alleged scheme over five years starting in 1996, while the company had as many as 1,500 clients, nearly 300 of whom claimed more than $120 million in fraudulent income tax deductions, according to the Internal Revenue Service.

A former treasurer of the Grand Junction Lions Club, Smith was sentenced to serve two years in prison in September 2007, and the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Smith’s conviction in January 2008.

She faced a maximum of 10 years.

Smith reported to a federal prison in California in March 2008, but was allowed to post bond in October that year after filing a second appeal, claiming her attorney made a series of errors during her trial. The appeal was denied last week.

Smith remains free on bond.

Per the terms of her sentence, she has approximately 18 months remaining to serve.

Smith on Thursday didn’t immediately return calls for comment.


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