By Steve Pope | September 17, 2018
A nurse anesthetist who works for UPMC pleaded guilty in Pittsburgh federal court on Monday to one count of tax evasion, admitting she intentionally failed to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxes over a ten-year period, according to court documents.
According to an indictment and information provided in court, Loren Pulliam, 53, of Pittsburgh, admitted she failed to pay $766,624 in taxes from 2002 through 2006 and 2008 through 2014. Between 2002 and 2005, Pulliam earned over $500,000 in income, and over $1.2 million in additional income between 2008 and 2016, working as a nurse anesthetist at various Pittsburgh hospitals.
In 2008, the U.S. Tax Court ordered Pulliam to pay over $280,000 in tax and penalties for tax years 2002 through 2005. Despite the order, in 2006 Pulliam established her own corporation called LJP Enterprises and used it to avoid paying the taxes and penalties she owes.
Pulliam directed her employers to pay compensation to the corporation’s bank account and then used the account to pay personal expenses. She also kept very little money in her personal checking account to prevent the IRS from seizing it. These actions prevented the IRS from assessing the amount of Pulliam’s tax liability for tax years 2011 through 2014.
Senior United States District Judge Donetta W. Ambrose scheduled sentencing for January 8, 2019. Pulliam faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison.
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