A Connecticut man who conspired with an IRS officer to con the United States out of $4 million in overdue employment taxes has been sentenced to four years in federal prison.

Carmine Bianco, 49, of Weatogue, Connecticut, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud the United States.

According to court records, Bianco admitted that at the suggestion of Sonya Vivar — an IRS revenue officer with whom he was friends — he acquired the assets of three businesses that were delinquent on their employment taxes. Bianco pledged to resolve the businesses’ tax liabilities. Instead, he transferred their assets into newly formed business entities, then continued to operate the businesses.