Maine fisherman sent to jail on tax charges

Posted Jan. 22, 2010, at 3:09 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 11:48 a.m.

ELLSWORTH, Maine — A commercial fishermen’s second conviction for failure to pay income taxes is putting him behind bars for six months.

Maine Attorney General Janet Mills says 28-year-old Timothy Cook pleaded guilty on Thursday to failure to file income tax returns from 2003 through 2007. She says the charges were felonies because he previously was convicted for failing to file tax returns from 1999 through 2001.

Mills says Cook, who’s from Bernard, paid $2,500 at his sentencing in Hancock County. He’ll also have to pay an additional restitution of $15,000.

Mills says Maine has plenty of self-employed contractors and “she’ll take strong action against those individuals who fail to pay their state income taxes.”

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