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DOJ: Tulsa man sentenced to prison for evading taxes on $5 million income

Posted: 3:29 PM, Jun 10, 2019
Updated: 2019-06-10 16:29:13-04
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TULSA — A Tulsa man was sentenced on Monday to two years in prison after officials said he attempted to prevent the Internal Revenue Service from collecting more than $200,000 in taxes.

John Petrig, 49, worked for a company as an independent contractor installing ATM machines inside casinos.

Officials said Petrig didn't file tax returns for numerous years, despite earning commissions totaling nearly $5 million.

“Petrig tried to beat the system and lost. Over a seven year period, he earned a commission income of almost $5 million and failed to pay the nearly $1 million owed in income taxes. When the United States attempted to collect those back taxes, he directed his commission payments to be sent to fictitious corporations,” said U.S. Attorney Trent Shores. “This egregious behavior warrants the sentence Judge Frizzell handed down today in federal court. Tax evaders beware, your criminal conduct will be brought to light, investigated, and prosecuted by the Department of Justice.”

In addition to prison, Petrig was ordered to pay nearly $1 million in restitution to the IRS.

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