- Associated Press - Monday, April 4, 2016

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A 67-year-old Anchorage plastic surgeon has been sentenced to four years in prison for wire fraud and tax evasion.

Dr. Michael Brandner was convicted in November of four counts of wire fraud and three counts of tax evasion and sentenced Friday.

Federal prosecutors in a release say he tried to conceal more than $5 million in assets in Panama and Costa Rica after his wife filed for divorce in 2007.

Prosecutors say he drove from Tacoma, Washington, to Costa Rica, opened two secret bank accounts, deposited more than $350,000 in cash and hid 1,000 ounces of gold in a safe deposit box.

He also opened a bank account in Panama under the name of a sham corporation and deposited $4.6 million to hide funds from his wife and the IRS.

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