Owner of taxi company who cheated on taxes avoids prison

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — The owner of a Connecticut taxi company who pleaded guilty to filing false tax returns has avoided prison.

Federal prosecutors say 62-year-old William Scalzi, owner of West Haven-based Transportation General Inc., was sentenced Wednesday to three years of probation, the first six months of which must be served in home confinement. He was also ordered to pay a $2,500 fine.

The Durham man has already paid nearly $300,000 in restitution to the IRS, which satisfied his criminal and civil tax liabilities for the 2007 through 2010 tax years.

Authorities say he understated his taxable income by running personal expenses through his company.

Court documents say Scalzi used his company’s credit cards to pay for personal expenses and deducted them as business expenses on Transportation General’s corporate tax returns.

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