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Soldotna man fines, get prison time on 7 federal tax crime counts

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A 60-year-old Soldotna man gets 16 months in prison and a $10,000 fine for federal tax crimes.

The U.S. attorney's office says in a release James R. Back also paid over $17,000 for costs of his prosecution and paid more than $113,000 in back income taxes. He was convicted on the seven tax crimes in October.

Authorities said he earned more than $125,000 as a pipeline technician at Prudhoe Bay. Yet he claimed his wages were zero dollars in 2006, '07 and '08, and didn't file returns from 2009-2012.

Officials said during this time, he put more than $140,000 to a retirement plan, had investments worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, owned real estate and bought more than $400,000 in gold and silver bullion.

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