Robert Brockman, a multi-millionaire software developer charged with the worst case of individual tax fraud in US history, died on Friday, August 5. HOUSTON, TEXAS Brockman died at his home in Houston at the age of 81, according to a number of reports.
Brockman, a self-taught software entrepreneur who created a system that allows auto dealerships to go electronic, has been defending himself from more than $2 billion in IRS charges of tax evasion and money laundering since 2020. Prosecutors allege that Brockman, who has an estimated personal net worth of $4.7 billion, had a $20 million home in Houston, a ski lodge in Colorado, a Bombardier jet and the 209-foot Turmoil boat “.
Kathy Keneally, Brockman’s lead attorney, who confirmed his death Saturday, said Brockman was suffering from dementia. Although his lawyers had repeatedly argued that he was unfit to stand trial, a judge ruled in May that the trial should go ahead. At a hearing in June, the judge decided to hold the trial in February 2023.
Who was Robert Brockman?
Brockman was born in Florida, where his mother was a physical therapist and his father ran a gas station. He was the former CEO of Reynolds & Reynolds, an Ohio-based software company that provides business solutions, and he had dozens of patents pending. In 1970, Brockman formed the first Universal Computer Services, Inc. (UCS) as a service bureau to meet the needs of auto dealerships requiring data processing services. He initially worked in his living room in Houston, where he also learned how to program computers. Reynolds and Reynolds were acquired by Universal Computer Systems in August 2006 and their operations combined under the Reynolds and Reynolds name.
In a 39-count indictment filed in October 2020, the government accused him of $2 billion in tax evasion, wire fraud, money laundering and other crimes. He had pleaded innocent. The alleged conspiracy to hide billions of dollars in revenue from the IRS is said to have lasted for decades, according to the Justice Department.
Brockman is survived by his 53-year-old wife Dorothy, son Robert Brockman II, brother and two grandchildren, according to Bloomberg.