Local Business Consultant Sentenced to Prison in Tax Scheme

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A San Antonio business consultant has consulted himself into an 18 month federal prison sentence, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.

Federal prosecutors say Rodney Lyle Roberts told the IRS he made $0 in income for tax years 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013, while he actually earned more than $380,000 during that four year period.  He was convicted in October of four counts of making false tax returns.

In addition to the prison sentence, U.S. District Judge David Ezra also ordered Roberts, who does software consulting work for businesses around the area, to repay the IRS $143,000 after he gets out.

Andy Tsui, IRS Criminal Investigation Acting Special Agent in Charge in the San Antonio office, says to allow people like Roberts to slide on paying taxes is an insult to the millions of people who pay their share.

"The sentencing of Rodney Roberts demonstrates our unwavering commitment to protecting the interests of law-abiding taxpayers," he said.

Roberts is currently out on bond, and has to report to federal prison on or before February 6.