Ohio: Former Hiram attorney Robert J. Andrews Jr. indicted in federal court for $400K tax fraud

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Another aging attorney trying to cash out thinking they have nothing to lose. At 75 attorney Andrews just took the chance, will stall the trial and see what happens.

Ohio: Former Hiram attorney Robert J. Andrews Jr. indicted in federal court for $400K tax fraud

PORTAGE COUNTY — A former Hiram attorney was indicted on two counts of making and filing false tax returns for allegedly failing to report nearly $400,000 that he used to pay personal expenses. 

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said that Robert J. Andrews Jr., 75, opened several bank accounts in the names of businesses he controlled or was involved with, including Ace Demo, Gem Collar LLC, Rocky Mountain Logging Company LLC and Falcon LLC, according to the indictment. 

Andrews allegedly diverted approximately $396,617 from corporate accounts for his own personal benefit and failed to report those transfers of money as income in 2012 and 2013. 

An arraignment date for Andrews was not immediately available and his attorney did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment. 

“Robert Andrews Jr., a once trusted attorney, is now facing criminal tax charges for failing to report more than $396,000 of income on his tax returns,” said Ryan L. Korner, Special Agent in Charge, IRS Criminal Investigation, Cincinnati Field Office. 

This is not the first time Andrews has faced legal troubles. According to the Ohio Supreme Court, Andrews, who was admitted to the Ohio Bar in 1968, was suspended in April 2003 following a felony conviction. 

He resigned from the bar the following November while serving an 18-month sentence in federal prison in West Virginia. 

Andrews was tried and convicted in federal court in early 2003 for making false statements to the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Department of Urban Development. He also was sentenced to three years probation following his release and ordered to pay $75,000 in restitution. 

According to information released by the U.S. Department of Justice at the time, Andrews was charged with defrauding the federal government by falsely reporting that a construction firm he was involved with paid its employees the prevailing wage for their work classification, when in fact it paid those employees less than prevailing wage. That underpayment amounted to a total of more than $200,000, the justice department said. 

In 2002, Andrews also lost many of his local properties because he failed to make a series of loan payments to KeyBank. Seven of those properties, including in Garrettsville, as well as Andrews’ Hiram home, were auctioned off just days before the federal charges were filed. 

Source: Record-Courier