New Mexico woman gets prison sentence for tax evasion

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) – The former office manager for a New Mexico business has been sentenced to 366 days in prison for federal tax evasion.

Prosecutors say 44-year-old Connie C. Sims, of Eunice, also was ordered Tuesday to pay nearly $170,000 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service plus a $100,000 fine.

Sims was charged with four counts of federal tax evasion in an indictment filed in September 2014.

The indictment charged Sims with failing to report her actual income in the 2009-2012 tax years.

During those years, Sims was employed as the office manager of a surveillance equipment company in Hobbs.

Sims pleaded guilty in March.

Prosecutors say Sims admitted writing checks to herself on the company’s bank accounts and not reporting the money as compensation when she filed her federal tax returns.

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