Robert Beale (entrepreneur)
|Criminal charge||Tax evasion|
|Criminal penalty||11 years|
Robert Beale is a Minnesota entrepreneur, founder and former CEO of Comtrol, tax protester, and convicted felon who was sentenced to 11 years and 2 months in federal prison for tax evasion, threatening a federal judge, and jumping bail.
Robert Bonine Beale; the second of five children born to Paul Latimer Beale, Sr. and Lucille Juliet Kates, Robert married Rebecca Anne Summers and they had four children. He is a descendant of Captain James McDowell, who commanded a company in General Thomas Mifflin's Brigade during the American Revolutionary War.
Beale graduated from MIT with a degree in Engineering, and would later serve as a research scientist from 1966 to 1973 at MIT Draper Laboratory, where he invented hydraulics for the classified Minuteman Missile project. In 1969, he publicly debated Noam Chomsky and Ascher A. Shapiro over the role of America in the war in Vietnam. At Honeywell Systems and Research Center, Beale developed guidance and control systems for the C-5A military transport, the F-15 fighter, F-14 fighter, jet engines, and advanced and lightweight torpedoes, and also patented components for a solar power plant and an electronic oxygen regulator for jet pilots.
In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Beale founded three companies in Minnesota, including COMTROL, which would, combined, employ 250 people and generate revenues in excess of $35 million per year. Offices were located internationally.
Beale was on the Minnesota board for televangelist Pat Robertson's campaign during Robertson's failed run for president in 1988. Beale also reported that he was once a major contributor and board member of Living Word Christian Center, a Brooklyn Park church which would later come under the scrutiny of the Internal Revenue Service as well. He is also a former shareholder and board of directors member of WorldNetDaily.
Beale's problems with the Internal Revenue Service began in the 1990s over a dispute involving Artist Graphics, a computer software firm Beale founded. On April 30, 2008, Beale was convicted of illegally hiding $5.6 million of his salary as CEO of Comtrol to evade $1.6 million in taxes. (His original trial had been delayed 14 months when Beale skipped bail on the eve of his trial in August 2006.) He was later charged with threatening the life of the federal judge who prosecuted him and was given 11 additional months of prison time. Beale served briefly as his own attorney at his trial.
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