A New Jersey mechanic was found guilty today of evading taxes and not filing tax returns.

Court documents and trial evidence showed that Jonathan D. Michael of Springfield, New Jersey, worked at the Port Newark Container Terminal’s crane shop.

He lied to his employer on a form that said he did not have to pay any federal income taxes from 2014 to 2018. He also did not file any tax returns for those years even though he made about $1.5 million in wages. He owed the IRS more than $375,000 in taxes.

Michael will be sentenced on Oct. 23, 2023. He could face up to five years in prison for tax evasion and up to one year in prison for each count of not filing a tax return.

He could also face supervised release, restitution and monetary penalties. A federal judge will decide his sentence after looking at the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other factors.

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