SALT LAKE CITY -- Harvey Douglas Goff, 55, of Ogden, who pleaded guilty in federal court in December to obstruction of justice in connection with an effort to impede a proceeding in the United States Tax Court, will serve 36 months in federal prison.
U.S. District Judge David Nuffer imposed the sentence during a hearing Monday afternoon in U.S. District Court.
A news release from United States Utah District Attorney David B. Barlow states that Goff also will serve 36 months of supervised release when he finishes his federal prison sentence. Goff has been in custody but was released Monday and will be allowed to self-surrender to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons to begin serving his sentence by May 30, the release states.
As a part of a plea agreement reached with federal prosecutors, Goff admitted that between April and July 2010 he endeavored to obstruct and influence the administration of justice in U.S. Tax Court.
He admitted that he repeatedly filed false and fictitious forms in a national database.
Those forms asserted that the judge had provided him with tens of millions of dollars in cash in "suspicious" transactions. He also admitted that he sent the judge copies of the forms he filed and that these efforts constituted obstruction of justice.
Goff was charged in a 14-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in May 2011.
Charges in the indictment included obstruction of justice, impeding internal revenue laws, fictitious obligations, attempt to commit mail fraud, and mailings in furtherance of a scheme and artifice to defraud.