Judge Gives Littleton Tax-Dodge Author 5 Years In Prison

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ERIE, Pa. (AP) – A Colorado man who wrote a book on how to dodge federal income taxes will serve five years in prison for conspiring to defraud the Internal Revenue Service.

A federal judge in northwestern Pennsylvania sentenced Donald Turner, 68, of Littleton, on Thursday.

Turner had been indicted about 10 years earlier in Pennsylvania for his book “Tax Free: How the Super Rich Do It.” He was charged along with Meadville veterinarian Daniel Leveto, who also promoted the book.

Authorities say Leveto sold his veterinary business to an offshore entity to hide income from the IRS. He was sentenced in 2005 to nearly four years in prison.

The Erie Times-News reports Turner surrendered to authorities in July 2010. A jury in Erie convicted him in September.

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