- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 22, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal prosecutors say a North Carolina landowner will spend 32 months in prison for his involvement in a scheme to evade paying his federal income taxes.

A statement from the U.S. Department of Justice says Thomas Tilley was sentenced Monday. The 80-year-old businessman also was ordered to pay more than $7 million in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service.

Tilley pleaded guilty in November 2014 to one count of corruptly endeavoring to impede and obstruct the administration of the Internal Revenue Code.

Court documents show that from 1993 to at least 2010, Tilley sent the IRS fraudulent financial instruments in an attempt to discharge his tax debt. Court documents also show Tilley failed to file federal and state income tax returns from 1994 through 2013, despite earning a substantial income.

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