Former BP manager sentenced to 21 months on tax evasion charges

Ann Knef May 5, 2010, 9:46am

Former BP Amoco environmental business manager Greg Jevyak of Wood River has been sentenced to 21 months in prison on income tax evasion charges he pleaded guilty to earlier this year.

Jevyak, 52, was ordered by U.S. District Judge Michael Reagan to pay the Internal Revenue Service $262,665 in restitution within 14 days of his April 30 sentencing.

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, court records indicate.

Jevyak is one of three individuals sentenced on tax evasion charges involving a contract BP Amoco had with Wood River businessman Rick Jones.

Jones had admitted spending for his own benefit money that BP Amoco paid to his company Triad Industries for soil decontamination at its refinery.

Jones, who was the first to be sentenced last year, received six months less time in prison than Jevyak. Jones is serving a 15 month sentence at a medium security facility in Leavenworth, Kan.

He paid the IRS $2,435,092 and BP Amoco $1,207,415.52 in restitution.

A third individual, Jeffrey Heintz of Godfrey, was sentenced by Reagan in March to five months in prison after pleading guilty to tax evasion charges for tax year 2003. Heintz was former business manager for Triad Industries.

He was charged with paying insufficient income taxes on more than $1.5 million in 2003. He agreed to pay $49,451 in restitution to the IRS, court documents show.

His sentencing order recommended he serve time at the federal prison in Marion. But, according to the Bureau of Prisons website, Heintz is not in custody.

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