Albany Business Owner Charged With Fraud, Tax Evasion and Theft

Robert Lund, 62, of Lebanon, was indicted by a grand jury on Thursday, June 13 on six federal charges including obstruction of IRS investigators, theft of government funds and evasion of federal taxes totalling $1.7 million between 2000 and 2013.  

A news release from the U.S. Justice Department states that during that time, Lund “incorporated or controlled over 160 nominee business entities and used them to conceal his assets and income from the IRS.” Four of these businesses were operated out of the Old City Hall building in Albany. He also operated a trailer park in Lebanon which serves many people receiving government assistance.  

The IRS has been stymied by Lund for over a decade now. Back in 2002, an extensive legal battle resulted in the federal courts affirming a decision saying that Lund then owed $444,000 in “underreported tax liabilities.”  

Lund’s responses to the IRS over the years seem to form the basis of the obstruction charge. According to the DOJ press release, Lund “sent the IRS frivolous correspondence, threatened to sue the IRS Revenue Officers, attempted to quash various summonses and subpoenas, filed false bankruptcy petitions, transferred real property to nominees and used nominees to open financial accounts and conceal his income. 

Lund will be arraigned in federal court in Portland on July 10. 

By Ian MacRonald