On January 29, 2013, a judge sentenced 66-year-old William Myers of Cottage Grove, Oregon, to one year and one day in prison for failing to pay federal excise taxes and for filing more than 70 false excise tax returns, according to a January 29, 2013 press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon.
"Failure to pay taxes is not a victimless crime. It robs the community of revenue and hurts law-abiding businesses," said Timothy Marsh, Deputy Director for Criminal Enforcement, Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB). "TTB is committed to ensuring a level playing field where businesses can compete on an equal and lawful basis."
In October 2012, Myers pleaded guilty (see “Oregon Man Pleads Guilty to Tax Fraud”) to the charges and admitted to filing false returns for his company, the Side Pocket Food Company, for $879,000, between October 1, 2008, and August 31, 2011. As a licensed distilled spirits plant, Myers' company was required to file federal excise tax returns with TTB and to pay federal excise taxes to TTB.