He will spend 15 months in prison after evading the payment of at least $1.1 million in taxes.

 A Pennsylvania man convicted of tax evasion has been sentenced in federal court to 15 months in prison, three years of supervised release, and 300 hours of community service.

According to court records, Dean Britton, 57, of Edgeworth, Pennsylvania, evaded the payment of at least $1.1 million of federal income tax due to the IRS for the calendar years 2004, 2006, 2007, and 2009 through 2013.

Britton evaded the payment of his taxes by, among other things, failing to file required income tax returns, placing personal bank accounts in nominee names, disguising personal earnings by depositing them into business accounts, and titling his personal residence in the name of a nominee to place it beyond the reach of the IRS.

The judge hearing the case described it as one of the more egregious tax evasion cases that she had come before her during her tenure on the bench. She noted that Britton had substantial income during the subject years, most significantly more than $1.9 million in 2007, from which he could have paid taxes.

Britton pleaded guilty to the charge and for that reason received a prison sentence below the guidelines. In addition to his prison sentence, Britton was ordered to pay nearly $2 million in restitution to the IRS.


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