Security Co. Owner Fights 13-Year Tax Fraud Sentence

Law360, New York (April 29, 2011, 8:09 PM EDT) -- The former owner of a security company on Thursday appealed a 151-month prison sentence handed to him by a Texas federal judge for dodging $5.7 million in employment taxes in a scheme that ran for 23 years.

While John Fluellen Heard Jr. said he was taking U.S. District Judge Ewing Werlein Jr.'s April 8 sentence to the Fifth Circuit, the notice of appeal did not disclose the grounds on which the defendant was challenging the prison term and $8.8 million restitution order.

His attorneys from Zimmermann...
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