Robert Timothy Wilson, 55, and Shelley Ann Wilson, 53, both listed as Valparaiso residents, were recently charged with tax evasion, conspiracy to commit tax evasion, and a failure to file tax returns. The couple owned a home health care business and have been alleged to avoid paying taxes on several hundred thousand dollars in revenue.
The Wilsons owned Anchor Health Systems Inc., which was considered a fully accredited and licensed home health care agency providing services to seniors and disabled adults throughout the greater Valparaiso region.
According to court documents, Robert and Shelley Wilson conspired to evade paying taxes and failed to file required tax returns for some of the years between January 2008 and April 2015. The conspiracy allegedly found them transferring money from different accounts in an attempt to hide money from the federal and state government.
According to The Chicago Tribune, in its article, Valparaiso health care company owners indicted, accused of avoiding paying taxes, written by Becky Jacobs:
“Robert and Shelly Wilson were owners and officers of Anchor Health Systems Inc., which is “a licensed and accredited home health care agency” in Valparaiso, during the alleged incidents in the indictment, court records show.
Between January 2008 and April 2015, the Wilsons allegedly “conspired to evade paying taxes” and “also failed to file some required tax returns,” a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Indiana states.
During that time, the Wilsons reportedly wire transferred more than $550,000 and deposited more than $450,000 in checks from the Anchor corporate accounts to other accounts, an indictment states.”
The couple also apparently took in $136,000 and $163,000 in gross income, respectively, between 2014 and 2016, but failed to file tax returns or pay any taxes on that income. The indictment stated, “It was the object of the conspiracy for the defendants to unlawfully enrich themselves by not reporting and not paying federal income taxes on a large portion of their income.”
Between 2008 and 2010, Robert Wilson allegedly had more than $378,000 in unreported income, which resulted in $101,000 in taxes owed, which were not paid. Shelley Wilson allegedly earned $778,000 in unreported income, which equates to about $159,000 in taxes owed, according to the indictment.
The couple appeared in Hammond federal court and were released on a $20,000 unsecured appearance bond. They’re expected to return to court October 3. Assistant U.S. attorneys are prosecuting the case and it’s unclear whether Robert or Shelley Wilson had obtained legal counsel yet.