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Federal judge says tax evasion merits jail

If you are found guilty of evading federal taxes, the chances of facing prison time are high. At least that is what one U.S. District judge from Massachusetts said in a recent case. He sentenced a New Hampshire man to one year in federal prison for conspiracy to defraud the government through the evasion of income taxes. The defendant was also fined $7,500 and ordered to pay restitution to the government of more than $178,000 for the tax evasion.

The case against the 65-year-old man is said to stretch back 10 years. As general manager of a fire protection company headquartered in Salem, Massachusetts, the man was accused of engaging in a scheme to divert money from the company without reporting the income to the IRS, according to authorities. While the details of the conspiracy were not provided in the news article, he pled guilty last March and was sentenced on Sept. 27.

The court's message was clear and direct in this case. For those facing IRS audits or criminal investigations, the prison term ordered for the Windham man underscores the necessity of consulting a Massachusetts attorney devoted to helping individuals facing tax problems, including allegations of tax evasion. And unlike most state prisons, federal prison does not allow for the possibility of parole. The earlier that an attorney becomes involved on behalf of a client, the more opportunity there is to achieve optimal results. The lawyer can assist in responding to any IRS inquiries and in the event of a criminal prosecution, fight for an equitable resolution of all pending matters.

Source: Eagle Tribune, "Windham man jailed for tax evasion," Sept. 28, 2011

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