The operator of a Connecticut tree service was sentenced to 12 months and one day in prison for tax evasion.

Robert Porzio, 48, of Westport, Connecticut, operates Bert’s Tree Service. According to court records, he deposited numerous customers’ checks into personal bank accounts, transferred a significant portion of the funds into a personal investment account, and kept from the corporation’s bookkeeper his receipt of the additional payments. These diverted payments were not reported on tax returns.

For the 2012 through 2016 tax years, Porzio failed to report a total of more than $900,000 in additional income, causing a tax loss of $331,388 to the IRS.

Porzio has paid his back taxes, but he still owes interest and penalties.

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