LAS VEGAS -- A Las Vegas physician who pleaded guilty in April to income tax evasion drew a 27-month prison sentence from a federal judge on Friday, the Justice Department and Internal Revenue Service reported.
Robert David Forsyth also was ordered in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas to pay $306,171 in restitution.
According to court documents, Forsyth worked from 1999 through 2008 as a physician and earned income from a variety of sources, including his medical practice and expert witness fees. He also collected Social Security benefits. Forsyth, though, failed to file individual income tax returns during those years and hadn't filed a return since the 1994 tax year, according to his April 2012 indictment.
Court documents also established that instead of filing tax returns and paying his taxes, the Canadian citizen and U.S. permanent resident alien closed his personal bank accounts and used a third-party business to cash his paychecks. Forsyth allegedly made extensive use of cash to pay personal expenses in an effort to avoid detection. Throughout the years that Forsyth evaded payment of his taxes, he spent his earnings on gambling, luxury items and hotel accommodations in San Jose, Calif., Costa Rica and Bangkok.
The case was investigated by IRS-Criminal Investigation and prosecuted by tax division trial attorney Mark Williams.