New Jersey Monsignor Sentenced For Tax Charges
A pastor was recently sentenced to five months in prison for tax evasion after withholding more than $63,000 from the Internal Revenue Service.
Monsignor Patrick Brown a pastor at St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Parish in Stirling, New
Jersey, used the money he owed the IRS to pay for various home repairs, gifts and vacations, according to The Associated Press.
The 59-year-old was sentenced in the U.S. District Court in Newark, the news source reported.
Attorneys for the pastor told the courtroom he did not intend to benefit from the money he held on to, but was attempting to help out fellow parishioners, as well as the poor, according to the news source. A number of Brown's supporters were present at his sentencing, and close to 200 people sent the judge letters on the pastor's behalf.
Tax evasion is one of the largest drains on U.S. government funds, and billions are lost to the crime every year. President Barack Obama planned on allocating extra funds to the IRS in order to be better equipped to fight the fine in his original budget proposal.