A federal grand jury has indicted a Gilbert physician on allegations he evaded paying taxes for more than a decade.
Internal Revenue Service agents arrested Dr. Carlin Bartschi, 58, Wednesday and a U.S. magistrate released him on his own recognizance.
He is an emergency room physician at Cobre Valley Community Hospital in Globe and worked part time from 1998 to 2004 at Phoenix Indian Medical Center.
The 22-count indictment alleges Bartschi set up sham corporations to hide his income, funneled income through fraudulent bank accounts and fabricated “worthless and fictitious” documents to get out of paying his taxes.
Bartschi did not return a telephone call seeking comment.
When the IRS informed him in 2003 that he was under investigation, Bartschi was $273,849 in arrears on tax returns filed from 1993 to 1997 and he had not filed any tax returns from 1998 to 2003, the indictment alleges.
In July 2004, Bartschi filed seven years of incomplete returns with instructions to the IRS to calculate his tax debt.
He also filed a “Registered Bond for Discharge of Debt” with instructions to the IRS to insert in the bond “the total amount of tax, interest and penalty calculated by the IRS as full satisfaction of his tax liability,” the indictment states.
In 2004 and 2005, he sent a “Bill of Exchange” and “Prepaid Exchange Item” to the IRS as payment for his unpaid taxes, records show.