Owner of heating oil company sentenced to five months for tax fraud

Posted Dec. 20, 2011, at 7:49 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A local man will spend five months in jail on 14 counts of tax fraud associated with his fuel oil and trucking delivery business.

Andrew Murphy Sr., 49, of Bangor pleaded guilty in August to the charges, which included theft of withholding tax, intentional tax evasion, failure to pay over withholding tax and making false statements in tax returns.

The investigation into Murphy’s business, under the names A.J. Murphy Inc., Hudson Road Holding Co., and Heaten Oil Co., was launched in 2005 and continued until 2010, according to a press release from the Maine Attorney General’s Office.

District Court Judge Bruce Jordan sentenced Murphy on Thursday to three years in jail with all but five months suspended. Murphy also will be under probation for three years and will have to pay back $65,713 in restitution.

“Businesses are entrusted with the collection of state taxes and must not divert these taxes for personal enrichment,” Attorney General William Schneider said after the sentencing. “Maine citizens rely upon businesses to be honest collectors of their tax monies.”

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