Bend man pleads guilty to fraud

Published Sep 13, 2013 at 05:00AM

Bend resident Mark Timothy Ellis, 38, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to filing a false tax return and filing a false lien against the federal law enforcement who investigated his tax return.

According to court documents, between 2007 and 2010 Ellis used illegal debt termination programs to fraudulently cancel his and other debts like home mortgages and credit card debts.

An indictment alleges during that time Ellis also purchased and used trusts to hide his income and assets from the IRS, and prepared and filed false tax returns. As a result, the IRS issued him a tax refund of more than $327,000.

Ellis is scheduled to be sentenced at 9 a.m. on Jan. 7.