A former developer from Marengo, Illinois, was recently sentenced to 11 years in federal prison, and has to pay $1.4 million in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service.
John Volpentesta was convicted last year for failing to pay taxes from employee wages, not filing unemployment income tax returns, failure to file personal income taxes, mail fraud and wire fraud, according to a report.
He did not pay nearly $165,000 to the IRS from several employee paychecks, and did not file income tax returns from 2003 to 2005, according to the McHenry County Northwest Herald.
The company, Volpentesta Construction Inc., was found to charge families extra for supply fees, the news source reported. Instead of using the supplies on the specified projects, the owner used them to build a strip mall.
"[Volpentesta] has shown himself to be a pernicious, self-absorbed and cold-hearted person who is oblivious to pain he causes other people," U.S. district judge Frederick Kapala said in a written order.
In addition to his sentence, Volpentesta will serve five years of supervised release, the news source added.
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