A former manager of the Hazelwood, Missouri-based Ford plant, recently indicted for tax evasion by a federal grand jury.
John Perry, 54, a former resident of Lake St. Louis and current resident of Vermillion, Ohio, ran Hazelwood Ford from 2001 to 2004, specializing in materials, planning and logistics, according to a report.
He is alleged to have taken more than $2 million from kickbacks and fake invoices, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The kickbacks were between Perry's company and the Syms trucking company, and revolved around storage and transportation expenses.
Perry also allegedly evaded income taxes from the Internal Revenue Service, which equalled more than $600,000, according to the news source.
If he is convicted, Perry could serve a maximum of 20 years in prison, as well as $400,000 in restitution, the news source reported. The Ford plan closed in 2006.
President Barack Obama continues to emphasize the importance of recouping losses from tax evaders. In his budget proposal, he called for additional funding for the IRS to help the agency seek out those who defy the law.
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