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Md. scrapyard owner jailed for tax evasion

Keywords: Tags  scrapyard, Joseph Brightman, Modern Junk & Salvage, tax evasion, Lisa Gordon

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. attorney’s office. He is to deliver himself to the prison on Feb. 1, 2013.

"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 comment.

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