A federal judge recently sentenced Andrews County, Texas, electrician Randall Varian Hanks to 97 months in federal prison for a false billing scheme that resulted in more than a $1.5 million loss to local businesses and for failing to file tax returns, announced U.S. Attorney John F. Bash, FBI Special Agent in Charge Emmerson Buie, Jr., El Paso Division, and Acting IRS-Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI) Special Agent in Charge Andy Tsui.
In addition to the prison term, U.S. District Judge David Counts ordered Hanks to pay $1,786,559.68 restitution and be placed on supervised release for three years after completing his prison term. Judge Counts also ordered that Hanks forfeit to the government his Andrews County residential property, agreeing that it was proceeds generated from the defendant’s fraudulent scheme.
On Nov. 9, 2017, a federal jury convicted the 46-year-old, who once owned and operated Sandhills Electric, Inc., of four counts of mail fraud and three counts of failure to file a tax return.
Evidence presented at trial revealed that from June 2013 to May 2016, Hanks, while working for two area oilfield services companies, generated fraudulent service tickets and invoices in excess of $1.5 million for parts and services that he fraudulently claimed to have provided to the two companies’ customers. Both oilfield service companies paid Hanks and then billed the respective customers for parts and services Hanks claimed to have provided.
Furth testimony revealed that Hanks received more than the applicable threshold in personal income each year, yet failed to file income tax returns with the IRS for the calendar years 2013, 2014, and 2015, resulting in tax losses to the U.S. Government of nearly $500,000.