Connecticut chiropractor sentenced for cheating on taxes

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut chiropractor who cheated the government out of nearly $200,000 in tax revenue by claiming personal expenses as business expenses has been sentenced to two months in prison.

Paul Carpenter, of Easton, was also sentenced Wednesday in federal court to a year of probation, ordered to perform 100 hours of community service and pay a $30,000 fine.

Prosecutors say in the 2008 and 2009 tax years, the 65-year-old Carpenter claimed college tuition for his children, oriental rugs, designer clothing, vacations, and even groceries as deductible business expenses.

In all, he took almost $500,000 in false deductions that resulted in an almost $200,000 tax loss.

He has since paid all back taxes, plus interest and penalties.

He pleaded guilty in May a charge of filing a false tax return.

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