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Former Auburn Contractor Gets Prison Time for Tax Fraud


A former Auburn contractor was sentenced in a Central New York federal courtroom for not filing tax returns or paying income tax during a three-year span while he was self-employed.

Timothy Blackman, who now resides on Daniel Island, South Carolina, was sentenced Thursday in federal court in Utica to 24 months in prison after previously pleading guilty to filing a false federal income tax return. United States Attorney Carla B. Freedman; Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Stuart M. Goldberg of the Justice Department’s Tax Division; and Thomas Fattorusso, Executive Special Agent in Charge of the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation Division (IRS-CI), New York Field Office, made the announcement.

In previously pleading guilty, Blackman admitted that while living in Auburn, New York, he was a self-employed contractor providing construction and remodeling services to customers. During the years 2007 through 2010, Blackman failed to file income tax returns with the IRS and failed to pay income taxes. After learning of an IRS criminal investigation in June 2010 concerning his income taxes, Blackman filed his 2007 individual tax return late and willfully falsified that return by understating his true business receipts and total income from his construction and remodeling business. In addition to the term of imprisonment, United States District Judge David Hurd ordered Blackman to serve 1 year of supervised release and to pay restitution to the IRS for $42,121.

Blackman previously pled guilty to felony tax evasion in the Northern District of New York on March 19, 2004, for which he received a term of 15 months in prison.

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