A Texas lawyer will serve three years in prison and pay $847,000 in restitution for fleeing the country to avoid paying U.S. income taxes. A federal judge in Amarillo sentenced John Lewis Lesly after he was arrested by IRS agents at Dallas-Fort Worth International airport, nearly 7 years after fleeing to Canada in October of 2005, one month before his indictment. According to the Austin Statesman, investigators say Lesly had not filed an income tax return since 1976. In April, Lesly pled guilty to four counts of failure to file tax returns between 1999 through 2002 and reports estimate he made more than $2.7 million during that time frame.
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