Robert Brockman was indicted in 2020 in what has been called the largest ever tax evasion case against an individual in the United States. His attorneys had been arguing in court that he had dementia and was incompetent to stand trial. Brockman's death was confirmed Saturday by his lead attorney, Kathy Keneally.

Brockman was the former CEO of Reynolds & Reynolds, an Ohio-based software company. He was charged with evading taxes on $2 billion in gains, wire fraud, money laundering and other offenses. A judge in May ruled him competent and set a February 2023 trial date.

The alleged scheme to conceal the billions in income from the IRS spanned decades, the Department of Justice said in its announcement of the indictment. David L. Anderson, U.S. attorney for the Northern District of California, said at the time that the "allegation of a $2 billion tax fraud is the largest ever tax charge against an individual" He had pleaded not guilty.

Brockman avoided charges by admitting to evading taxes, paying $139 million in taxes and penalties. Prosecutors said he used ill-gotten gains to buy a Colorado fishing lodge, a private jet and a 200-foot yacht. Brockman said the trust he set up was independent.

It was not immediately clear how Brockman's death would affect the government's ability to recover the taxes it says are owed. The government filed paperwork in 2021 to seize the 100-acre fishing retreat in the Rockies. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Dorothy; son Robert Brockman II; a brother and two grandchildren.
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