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Madison woman gets year in prison for $3M in tax evasion skimming video gambling machine money

February 22, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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A Madison woman was sentenced Friday to a year and a day in federal prison for evading paying more than $3 million in taxes by skimming funds earned by video

Mary Lavine, 65, pleaded guilty to conspiring to defraud the Internal Revenue Service and to filing a false 2018 corporate income tax return for Bullseye Inc. , a business she co-owned, Scott Blader, U. S. Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, said in a statement. U. S. District Judge James Peterson also fined Lavine $75,000, ordered her to serve two years of supervised release after her prison term and ordered her to pay restitution of $834,770 to the IRS and $1,927,853 to the Wisconsin Department of Revenue. According to a sentencing memorandum filed by prosecutors in January, the year and a day sentence was sought by both prosecutors and Lavine's attorney. Bullseye is a Madison-based coin-operated music and amusement game vending business that Lavine admitted had contracted with bar owners to place video gambling machines in their businesses, then split the profits with the bar owners, Blader said.

It’s easy to cheat and skim cash, but it is still taxable. ""Business owners need to be aware that this type of conduct will not be tolerated and will lead to incarceration,” Peterson added. Five people now have pleaded guilty as part of the tax evasion investigation and Lavine is the fourth to be sentenced. Middleton Sport Bowl owners Dudley Hellenbrand and Cherie Hellenbrand each were sentenced to 6 months in prison, vending company owner Thomas Laugen was sentenced to a year and a day in prison, and Colin Albany, who was Bullseye's general manager, is scheduled to be sentenced on May 6. Columbus woman charged in murder-for-hire plot tops recent notable crime-related news

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