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Robert Peltier, one of two principal owners of Ranch Catering, was ordered to pay $222,822 in restitution today (March 15) for tax evasion in operation of his business. Federal Judge Janis L. Sammartino also sentenced him to serve six months home incarceration and six months of home detention. According to court documents, Peltier in 2003 deposited proceeds from the business in two bank accounts, but provided his tax preparer with the information from only one bank. In a separate settlement with the Internal Revenue Service, Jason Peltier, Robert's son and co-owner of the business, is paying $505,435 in back taxes, penalties and interest.

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aardvark March 15, 2013 @ 4:51 p.m.

6 months home incarceration AND 6 months home detention? I'm sure there is a difference--what is it?

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Don Bauder March 15, 2013 @ 8:23 p.m.

aardvark: Darned if I know. I didn't ask. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder March 16, 2013 @ 6:52 p.m.

Murphyjunk: There must be a legal distinction. I didn't have time to check it out. Best, Don Bauder

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Burwell March 15, 2013 @ 4:54 p.m.

White collar criminals always get the light touch. A crime of this magnitude warrants at least 5 years in prison. Those of us who line up like sheep each year to pay our taxes should be outraged at this ridiculous sentence. Any judge who would hand out a light sentence for a serious crime like this should be off the bench. This is a joke, not a sentence. Judge Sammartino is a Bush (league) appointee.

http://judgepedia.org/index.php/Janis_Sammartino

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Don Bauder March 15, 2013 @ 8:26 p.m.

Burwell: It does seem light. But it's easy to understand since AG Eric Holder says he doesn't prosecute banks if an economist thinks it will destabilize the economy, and the candidate to head the SEC, Mary Jo White, says the same thing. Finally, somebody is admitting that the law has a double standard: one for the rich and powerful, and another for the rest of us. Best, Don Bauder

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MURPHYJUNK March 16, 2013 @ 8:14 a.m.

just in time to strike fear in any potential tax cheats this tax season

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tomjohnston March 16, 2013 @ 10:14 a.m.

Phil Michelson should avoid probably avoid Peltier's accountant. LOL!!!!!

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Don Bauder March 16, 2013 @ 11:16 a.m.

tomjohnston: Peltier pulled a stunt as old as the hills. A famous pro golfer could do better than that. Best, Don Bauder

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tomjohnston March 16, 2013 @ 12:13 p.m.

"A famous pro golfer could do better than that." Fame is seldom an indicator of intelligence... or common sense!!

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Don Bauder March 16, 2013 @ 6:56 p.m.

tomjohnston: I have heard Mickelson interviewed several times, and he seems intelligent. But he certainly didn't sound intelligent the time that he said he was thinking about moving out of California because taxes were too high. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder March 16, 2013 @ 11:14 a.m.

Murphyjunk: Yes, the IRS does seem to time these announcements, but this case was working its way through the courts some time ago. Best, Don Bauder

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