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January 04, 2011

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN – Gary John Oetman, 47 of Irons, Michigan, having pled guilty to four counts of tax evasion, has been sentenced to serve one year and one day in prison, followed by two years of supervised release, and ordered to pay $221,519 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service, U.S. Attorney Donald A. Davis announced today. Oetman was also ordered to pay a mandatory $400 special assessment.

During the tax years 2004 through 2007, Oetman caused to be prepared and filed false and fraudulent income tax returns under-reporting gross receipts for his scrap iron business by $720,362, resulting in the receipt of over $8,000 in income tax refunds. At sentencing, Judge Janet T. Neff found that the Government had established that Oetman had substantially underreported gross receipts over the four year period and owed taxes to the Internal Revenue Service of $221,915.00.

“Cheating on your taxes is the same as stealing,” said IRS Criminal Investigation Special Agent in Charge, Maurice M. Aouate. “We should not expect the honest taxpayer to foot the bill for those who hide income from the IRS.”

This case is being prosecuted on behalf of the United States by Assistant U.S. Attorney
B. René Shekmer and was investigated by Special Agents of the IRS Criminal Investigation Division.


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