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Bar owner admits to failing to file, remit city sales taxes

Patrick Peterson, 55, agrees to serve 80 days in jail

Posted: October 5, 2012 - 11:42am  |  Updated: October 6, 2012 - 11:07pm
Patrick M. Peterson, 55, the owner of PP's Douglas Inn, briefly consults with his attorney John A. Leque after a 'change of plea' hearing Friday in Juneau District Court. Peterson pleaded guilty to eight of 16 charges against him for failing to file and remit city sales taxes for quarters in 2009 and 2010. A plea deal calls for him to serve 80 days in jail.  Emily Russo Miller / Juneau Empire
Emily Russo Miller / Juneau Empire
Patrick M. Peterson, 55, the owner of PP's Douglas Inn, briefly consults with his attorney John A. Leque after a 'change of plea' hearing Friday in Juneau District Court. Peterson pleaded guilty to eight of 16 charges against him for failing to file and remit city sales taxes for quarters in 2009 and 2010. A plea deal calls for him to serve 80 days in jail.

A Douglas bar owner has pleaded guilty to failing to file and remit city sales taxes in 2009 and 2010, and could be facing an 80-day jail sentence.

Patrick M. Peterson, 55, the owner of PP’s Douglas Inn, admitting to eight of 16 misdemeanor charges against him Friday morning in Juneau District Court.

He entered into a plea agreement that calls for 720 days in jail with 640 days suspended. The agreement also requires Peterson pay about $45,095, which amounts to about $610 per month for the next seven years.

Assistant City Attorney August Petropulos told the judge he would submit a notice to the court delineating how much of that figure was in unremitted taxes, penalties and interest.

Specifically, Peterson pleaded guilty to four counts of failure to file and four counts of failure to remit for the fourth quarter of 2009 and the first, third and fourth quarters of 2010.

In exchange for his pleas, prosecutors dropped the remaining charges against him.

Judge Keith Levy said he will decide whether to accept the plea agreement at a sentencing hearing next month.

Failure to file and remit sales tax is a class ‘A’ misdemeanor that is punishable by up to one year in jail and a $10,000 fine.

• Contact reporter Emily Russo Miller or at 523-2263 or at emily.miller@juneauempire.com.

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