September 1st, 2009 5:33 pm | by Sasha Ingber News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, CLEAN UP

Vacuum Business Owner Sentenced For Tax Evasion

A bizarre case came to the end of one chapter this morning when a federal judge sentenced Beaverton resident Lili Brown to four months in prison and four months of house arrest. The sentence for tax evasion stems from a case involving credit-card fraud.

Brown, who appeared teary-eyed as U.S. District Court Judge Garr King announced the split sentence, had been accused (along with her husband John “Mickey” Brown) of using a Kirby vacuum sales business in Tigard to bilk millions of dollars from individuals.

As part of today's sentence, Brown was order to pay restitution to the IRS in the amount of $130,871 to cover unpaid taxes from 1992 to 1995. She is prohibited from opening any line of credit or loans, and must use a single bank account, reporting all other accounts, assets, and liabilities to her probation officer.

“I think she deserved more,” says Sally Krouth, who says she lost $50,000 in the scheme.

Brown's husband faces trial Dec. 1.

Photo of a generic vacuum by Casey Marshall
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