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Lockport man gets three years for not paying $580K in taxes

(LOCKPORT) A southwest suburban man was sentenced to more than three years in federal prison for failing to pay more than half a million dollars in income taxes.

Paul West, 62, of Lockport—also known as “Thomas Wilson” and “Tom Wilson”—pleaded guilty in August to two counts of filing a false federal income tax return, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s office.

West, who sold materials for recycling including scrap cardboard, under-reported income from both his recycling company and gambling in 2007 and 2011, according to federal prosecutors. Both years, he reported that he owed little or no taxes.

For six other years, between 2004 and 2011, he failed to file any individual income tax returns, despite income totaling nearly $3.2 million over eight years, according to the statement.

West was sentenced to 37 months in prison and ordered to pay $582,834—the amount of taxes he owed—in restitution to the IRS, according to the statement.

He will begin serving his sentence Jan. 15.