Illinois Man Sentenced for Underreporting Income

By December 29, 2015Tax Evasion

On Nov. 5, 2014, in Chicago, Illinois, Paul West was sentenced to 37 months in prison and ordered to pay $582,934 in restitution. West pleaded guilty to two counts of filing false tax returns. According to court documents, West, aka Thomas Wilson and Tom Wilson, sold materials for recycling, including scrap cardboard. In 2007 and 2011, West under-reported his income from his recycling services and gambling, reporting that he owed little or no taxes. For six other years between 2004 and 2011, he failed to file any individual income tax returns, despite gross receipts and gambling income over all eight years totaling $3,190,741.