The owner of a Kirkland, WA, interior design firm, Daniel Nix was indicted in April 2017 on thirteen counts of tax evasion, eleven counts of providing fictitious financial obligation and one count of corrupt interference with the administration of the Internal Revenue code.
As alleged in the indictment, as early as 1998 and from 2000 to 2007, Nix refused to pay his income tax which totaled more than $340,000, using shell companies to hide his income, filed false bankruptcy claims and filed false claims against the government.
For the tax years 2010-2013, Nix again attempted to hide his income to avoid paying taxes. Nix sent 11 fake money orders exceeding $1 million to the IRS in 2013 to make it appear as if he was paying his tax obligations.
Tax evasion carries a maximum prison sentence of up to 5 years and a $250,000 fine. For presenting fictitious financial statements Nix can be sentenced to up to 25 years in prison and an additional fine of $250,000. Attempts to interfere with the administration of the tax code is punishable by up to 3 years in prison and a $5,000 fine.