- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 3, 2016

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - A South Florida-based government contractor has been sentenced to a year and a day in prison for filing a false income tax return.

The U.S. Department of Justice reports that 44-year-old Maxim Silinsky was sentenced Tuesday.

Court records show that Silinsky owned an aircraft-leasing and parts-supply company called Simplex Corporation. The company contracted with the federal government to lease Russian aircraft to the U.S. Air Force for training purposes and to supply parts and equipment to U.S. military forces deployed to Afghanistan.

Authorities say Silinsky used corporate entities and financial accounts to underpay both corporate and individual income tax from 2007 to 2010. Silinsky also made false statements to the IRS during a 2012 audit of his company’s 2008 return.

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