Former BP manager pleads guilty to tax evasion

Ann Knef Feb. 1, 2010, 5:47am

Former BP Amoco environmental business manager Greg Jevyak of Wood River has pleaded guilty to evading $262,665 in income taxes for tax year 2006.

According to court records in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, Jevyak reported $71,372 in taxable income in 2006, when in fact the correct amount was $849,950.

In 2006, Jevyak owed $276,785 in taxes, but his tax return showed that he owed $14,120 in federal taxes.

Jevyak waived indictment by grand jury, consenting that the proceeding be by government information. He entered the plea Jan. 27.

He is the third individual to plead guilty to tax evasion charges involving a contract BP Amoco had with Wood River businessman Rick Jones.

Jones is serving a 15 month sentence on income tax evasion charges. He pleaded guilty in January 2009, admitting he spent for his own benefit money that BP Amoco paid to his company Triad Industries for soil decontamination at its refinery.

A day before sentencing last July, Jones paid the Internal Revenue Service $2,435,092.

He paid BP Amoco $1,207,415.52 in restitution.

Jevyak will be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Michael Reagan in East St. Louis at 10 a.m. on April 30.

His plea agreement has been sealed until sentencing.

He is represented by Edward Dowd and James Crowe of St. Louis.

The Record reported in 2008 that Jones and Jevyak lived in mansions on Jones Way in Wood River, atop the bluff that rises from the Mississippi River flood plain. Jones had owned all properties, less than a dozen, on the road.

A third individual, Jeffrey Heintz of Godfrey, pleaded guilty in October to one count of tax evasion for tax year 2003. Heintz was former business manager for Triad Industries.

Heintz is charged with paying insufficient income taxes on more than $1.5 million in 2003. He has agreed to pay $49,451 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service, court documents show.

Heintz will be sentenced March 12.

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