Twin Cities Construction Firm Owner Convicted of Tax Evasion

Twin Cities Construction Firm Owner Convicted of Tax Evasion

Defendant used “sham businesses” and created a “fake religious organization” to hide income and assets

A federal jury convicted Twin Cities businessman Randal Scot Brinkman of six counts of tax evasion on Thursday. Brinkman, who owned and operated a Roseville-based construction company, was indicted on the charges in September 2018. Brinkman, 60, is a resident of Medina.

At trial, the prosecution argued that from 2002 to 2018 Brinkman “took steps to hide his income and to actively evade the assessment of taxes, including sham businesses, closing his personal bank accounts, using money orders and cash to pay for daily expenses and creating a fake religious organization in order to hide his income and assets.”

Prosecutors also noted that Brinkman did not file tax returns or pay any federal income taxes from 2012 through 2018.

The jury returned the guilty verdict after a four-day trial before Judge Joan N. Ericksen in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis. The case was the result of an investigation conducted by the Criminal Investigation Division of the IRS and the Minnesota Department of Revenue.

Sentencing will be at a later date.