EASTON, Conn. -- A 65-year-old Easton man who works for a Bridgeport chiropractic practice was sentenced Wednesday for filing false tax returns that included some very creative — and illegal — deductions.
U.S. Attorney for Connecticut Deirdre Daly announced the news on Thursday, after U.S. District Judge Victor Bolden sentenced Paul Carpenter in federal court in Bridgeport.
Carpenter had pleaded guilty to one count of filing a false tax return on May 20.
According to court documents and statements made in court, for the 2008 and 2009 tax years, Carpenter intentionally mischaracterized nearly a half-million dollars worth of personal expenses as deductible business expenses relating to his chiropractic practice.
These expenses included college tuition for his kids, luxury items such as oriental rugs and paintings, designer clothing, and foreign and domestic travel. Carpenter also deducted groceries, expenses at hair salons and other retail purchases.
For the 2008 tax year, Carpenter took false deductions totaling $308,084, resulting in a tax loss of $106,395, and for the 2009 tax year, he took false deductions totaling $183,283, resulting in a tax loss of $81,199.
He was sentenced to two months in prison, to be followed by one year of supervised release, as well as 100 hours of community service and a $30,000 fine. According to Daly's office, Carpenter has paid all back taxes, plus interest and penalties.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Schmeisser prosecuted the case, and the IRS' Criminal Investigation Division investigated it.