Man convicted of tax evasion

Posted: Sunday, February 07, 2010

FAIRBANKS - A jury has convicted a Fairbanks businessman of tax evasion following a five-day federal trial.

Roger Lee Shoffstall was found guilty of a single count of felony tax evasion after two days of deliberations. The 59-year-old owns Summit Telephone and Telegraph Company of Alaska, which provides rural telephone service north of Fairbanks.

Prosecutors presented evidence that Shoffstall failed to pay income taxes between 1996 and 2003. U.S. attorneys also argued that Shoffstall used his position as head of the company to keep the IRS from garnishing his wages.

Shoffstall's attorney, Cory Borgeson, emphasized that the verdict will not have any effect on the services provided by Summit Telephone and Telegraph.

Sentencing is set for April 16. Shoffstall faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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