Former Kansas CPA sentenced, will have to pay for his prison time

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (WIBW) -- A former Kansas accountant will have to spend just over a year in jail for tax crimes – and he’s going to have to pay for the privilege.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Robert M. Purinton pleaded guilty to making a false statement about his 2009 tax return. Prosecutors say he underreported his income in 2009 and 2010. The Fountain Hills, Arizona, man was sentenced to one year and a day in federal prison.

In addition to serving time and paying $160,055 in restitution for his back taxes, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister says the 70-year-old will have to pay for his prison time, which was estimated to be $34,000.

Prosecutors said Purinton was working as a CPA at an Overland Park accounting firm when the crimes occurred.

McAllister compliments the Internal Revenue Service and Assistant U.S. Attorney Leon Patton for their role in the investigation.