PITTSBURGH The owner of a
Maryland scrapyard has been sentenced to prison and ordered to
pay restitution after being convicted of tax evasion.
Joseph S. Brightman, 55, of
Baltimore will serve eight months in prison and pay $114,226 in
restitution to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for failing
to file personal income taxes from 2000 through 2009. Brightman
has already forfeited $80,000 in a separate case.
Brightman runs Modern Junk &
Salvage in Baltimore, and until last year ran a second facility
in Upper Marlboro, Md.
Upon his release from a federal
prison in Cumberland, Md., Brightman will spend three years on
supervised release, according to the U.S. attorneys
office. He is to deliver himself to the prison on Feb. 1,
"IRS Criminal Investigation is
committed to aggressively pursuing those who willfully fail to
file their tax returns and will continue to devote resources to
the investigation of egregious non-filers," special agent Rick
A. Raven said.
The total tax loss to the IRS
and the state from 2007 through 2010 is $114,226. For the years
2007 and 2009, Brightman owed federal taxes of $89,808 and
$24,418, respectively. The total amount of loss from 2000
through 2006 has yet to be determined.
Between 2007 and 2010, Brightman
routinely withdrew money from his bank account in amounts of
$9,500 or $9,000. During an 11-month period in 2010, these
transactions totaled $1.53 million.
Brightman was unavailable for