On June 12, 2008, James P. Robinson of Atlanta, GA was charged with two counts of income tax evasion and one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud in a kickback scheme against Home Depot. After appearing in court, the presiding judge granted Mr. Robinson a $10,000 bond. Allegedly, Mr. Robinson took kickbacks from foreign vendors who were interested in doing business with Home Depot. Also, he evaded taxes for the years 2005 and 2006 in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.
This case is being investigated by the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Home Depot has cooperated in the federal investigation. This case is being prosecuted by John R. Fitzpatrick, Trial Attorney for the United States Department of Justice Antitrust Division, Atlanta Field Office, Assistant United States Attorney Russell Phillips, and Assistant United States Attorney Sally Molloy.