A Tempe man has been sentenced to eight months in federal prison and ordered to pay $84,683 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service for not paying his taxes for at least five years.
James Caler, 60, who formerly lived in Branson, Mo., was sentenced last week by U.S. District Judge Greg Kays and ordered to report to prison on Sept. 10, according to information from the criminal investigation division of the IRS.
From 2005 to 2009, Caler earned income from construction projects, real estate transactions and the sale of gold coins, but did not report the income on his federal tax returns, something Caler and his wife, Nancy, did not do, dating as far back as the 1980s, according to the IRS’ criminal division.
In order to hide their income and avoid liens against their holdings, Caler used the fictitious name of James Adams or J.D. Adams and Nancy Caler used the fictitious name of Marilyn Adams and Marilyn Akers, according to the IRS. By using these aliases, the Calers were able to obtain driver’s licenses in Missouri and Arkansas and open bank accounts at the Bank of America and US Bank, the IRS said.
From 2006 through 2009, the Calers worked for UBuildit, a company that deals with real estate consulting in the Valley. While employed there, the company issued the Calers’ paychecks to limited liability corporations created by the couple. James Caler claimed to be exempt from paying federal taxes and the company did not withhold federal taxes from his pay.
Caler pleaded guilty to income tax evasion-related charges in December 2010. According to the plea agreement, Caler admitted he and his wife had tax problems with the IRS in the late 1980s, and did not want the IRS to place liens on their assets. Thus, the Calers did not file federal income tax returns since then and hid their taxable income from the IRS since that time, according to the IRS.
No criminal charges were pursued against Nancy Caler, according to John Nunez, special agent for the criminal investigations division of the IRS.
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