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Illinois Businessman Sentenced For Tax Crimes

An Illinois man was recently sentenced for federal tax crimes. A Marengo, Illinois, developer was recently sentenced to an 11-year federal prison term for tax evasion.

John Volpentesta, the 54-year-old former owner of Volpentesta Construction Inc., was convicted of multiple charges last July, according to The McHenry County Northwest Herald. He was found guilty of wire and mail fraud, failure to pay taxes on employee's wages and not filing personal income tax returns.

Volpentesta did not pay close to $165,000 to the Internal Revenue Service for employee paycheck taxes, according to the news source. The fraudulent activity occurred from 2003 to 2005.

His company took funds from four customers during projects, claiming it for supply costs, the news source reported. Instead, the funds were used to help build a strip mall that was under construction by the firm. The developer did not pay subcontractors during this time as well.

Volpentesta represented himself during court proceedings, though attorney Mark Byrd acted as his standby counsel, the news source added.

After his sentence is completed, he will serve an additional five years of supervised release.

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