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Local business owner sentenced for failing to pay federal excise taxes

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William Meyers, a local business owner will be spending over a year behind bars after admitting to not paying $879,000 in federal excise taxes and filing more than 70 false federal excise tax returns on behalf of his company, the Side Pocket Food Company.

Additionally, it was revealed that Meyers was operating an illegal still inside the company warehouse.

According to court records, the Side Pocket Food Company is a distilled spirits plant, primarily in the business of blending and bottling distilled spirits, in Cottage Grove, OR.

As a licensed distilled spirits plant, the company was required to file federal excise tax returns with the TTB and to pay federal excise taxes to the TTB.

Court documents reveal that instead of paying the federal excise taxes to the TTB, Meyers and others used the money collected to pay for personal and business expenses.

Upon release from prison, Meyers must serve three years of supervised release, including 100 hours of community service, which must be completed each of the three years.

Additionally, Meyers will have to pay restitution in the amount of $873,186.88.

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