BOISE -- A north Idaho man has been ordered to spend 42 months in a federal prison and pay nearly $1.4 million in restitution for failing to pay federal income taxes.

Fifty-one-year-old Michael Fitzpatrick of Hope was also ordered to serve three years of supervised release after his prison term expires.

Fitzpatrick was convicted of two counts of tax evasion in January by a jury in Coeur d'Alene. In a separate 2012 trial, a jury also convicted him of two counts of failing to file corporate income tax returns.

Fitzpatrick operated two companies that focused on helping people overcome credit card debt. Prosecutors accused him of failing to report $3.7 million in corporate income and $500,000 in personal income.

Evidence at trial showed Fitzpatrick last filed a personal tax return in 1996.

Read or Share this story: