David Toppin, the owner and operator of Pelletizer Group Inc., was sentenced to three years in prison and ordered to pay $716,479 in restitution for failure to pay income taxes, according to court records.
Toppin, 47, of Holden, Mass., was convicted in a five-day January jury trial, but his sentencing was postponed so the judge could hear motions for acquittal and a request a new trial. Those motions were denied, and Toppin was sentenced on June 19 by U.S. District Judge Timothy Hillman in Worcester, Mass.
Toppin also faces two years of supervised release after completion of his jail term.
The office of District Attorney Carmen Ortiz said in a news release that evidence at the trial showed that Toppin evaded paying taxes and tried to prevent collection by placing real estate and a checking account in his wife's name.
He faced a maximum sentence of five years.
Pelletizer Group, located in Gardner, Mass., supplies replacement pelletizer parts.