Another Northwest Airlines Pilot Charged with Felony Criminal Tax Violations, Says Minnesota Department of Revenue
ST. PAUL, Minn., April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- An eighth Northwest Airlines
pilot has been charged with felony crimes for tax evasion and filing false or
fraudulent returns. Scott County Attorney Pat Ciliberto today charged Robert
Alan Hensley, of Savage, with five felony counts of tax evasion and filing
false or fraudulent returns for tax years 1996 to 2000. As part of a broader
effort to identify and pursue income tax non-filers, the Department of Revenue
began the investigation of the pilots two years ago.
People who do not pay their taxes create a larger burden on those who do.
They enjoy all the benefits of living in Minnesota but avoid paying state
income taxes by falsely stating that they lived in states without an income
tax, said Dan Salomone, Commissioner of Revenue. Hensley listed a Florida
residence as his home residence. The state of Florida has no personal income
tax assessed against its residents.
According to the complaint filed today, Hensley has worked for Northwest
Airlines since 1996, built and owns a home in Minnesota, runs a small business
in Minnesota, conducts his daily financial and personal business in Minnesota,
registers his motor vehicles in Minnesota and has personal property in
Minnesota. By contrast, there is little evidence of his ties to the state of
Florida. The defendant owns a small condominium in Florida at which he
reportedly spends two to three weeks a year. According to the United States
Postal Service, Hensley receives mail at the Minnesota address and does not
receive mail at the Florida address.
Based on Hensley''s income from 1996 to 2000, by falsely claiming to live
in Florida Hensley evaded paying more than $32,000 in Minnesota state income