Businessmen brothers ordered to prison in tax case
By AP/St. Louis Public Radio
ST. LOUIS – Two brothers who run several St. Louis businesses each were ordered to spend a year and a day in federal prison on tax-evasion charges.
A federal judge in St. Louis on Friday also sentenced William Bialczak to $100,000 in fines and $370,000 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service. That payback will be taken out of $500,000 the government seized when it raided the brothers' St. Louis Metropolitan Towing company in August 2008.
Kenneth Bialczak was fined $75,000 and must make similar IRS restitution.
Prosecutors say the brothers' Metropolitan Towing, Parks Auto Sales and S&H Parking Systems generated large amounts of cash, including a towing contract with St. Louis police.
The Bialczaks admitted that in 2005 and 2006, gross receipts for their businesses were underreported by about $1 million.