ELLSWORTH, Maine — A Tremont fisherman was sentenced to six months in jail for failure to pay state income taxes.
Timothy Cook, 28, failed to file income tax returns from 2003 through 2007, state Attorney General Janet Mills said Friday in a statement. He was sentenced Thursday in Hancock County Superior Court to two years behind bars with all but six years suspended.
Justice Kevin Cuddy also sentenced Cook to two years of probation.
Cook has a previous conviction for failure to pay taxes for not filing returns from 1999 through 2001, according to Mills.
On Thursday, Cook paid $2,500 toward his overdue taxes, Mills said.
As part of his probation, Cook was ordered to pay an additional $15,000 and to file tax returns on an annual basis in the future. He began serving his sentence immediately after receiving it.
“All contractors, including commercial fishermen, need to make sure that taxes are set aside regularly to ensure that they pay their fair share in taxes, as their neighbors do,” Mills said in the statement. “My office will take strong action against those individuals who fail to pay their state income taxes.”