GREENE, Maine — A man who said he would rather go to prison then turn over a forklift got his wish Monday, as a judge sentenced him to 45 days behind bars, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Monday.
Patrick Doyon, 32, of Greene was sentenced in U.S. District Court by Judge D. Brock Hornby, according to U.S. Attorney Thomas Delahanty.
In 2010, Doyon refused to let an IRS agent remove a forklift from his property, and on one occasion he told investigators, “what are they going to do, put me in jail?” The forklift had been seized after it was discovered Doyon owed nearly $40,000 in back taxes.
Arrangements had been made to tow the vehicle off Doyon’s property, but Doyon or somebody at his direction moved the vehicle to an undisclosed location, and Doyon declined to give investigators the location of the forklift.
The forklift was recovered on Oct. 24 in Monmouth.
The series of events leading to Doyon’s sentence began in 2006 when an IRS officer was assigned a collection case concerning Doyon due to unpaid taxes dating back to 2002.
Once Doyon completes his sentence, he will be on supervised release for a year.