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Former Auburn contractor sentenced for tax evasion

Timothy Blackman, a 53-year-old former Auburn businessman, has been sentenced to 24 months in prison for filing a false federal income tax return, officials announced today. The sentencing took place in the federal court of Utica, marking a significant conclusion to a case spotlighting tax fraud. Blackman, now residing in Daniel Island, South Carolina, had admitted to failing to file income tax returns and pay taxes from 2007 to 2010 while working as a self-employed contractor.

Upon learning of an IRS criminal investigation into his finances in 2010, Blackman filed a belated tax return for 2007, deliberately underreporting his business income. In addition to his prison term, U.S. District Judge David Hurd mandated Blackman to complete a year of supervised release and compensate the IRS $42,121 in restitution. This case underscores the legal consequences of tax evasion and the diligence of federal authorities in pursuing justice.

This is not Blackman’s first encounter with the law over tax evasion; he was previously sentenced to 15 months in prison in 2004 for a similar offense. The recent prosecution by the IRS-Criminal Investigation Division and the Justice Department’s Tax Division emphasizes the continuous efforts to enforce tax laws and penalize fraudulent activities.