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A Fryeburg man was sentenced on Friday to three months in jail for failing to pay a large portion of his business’ sales tax for nearly a decade.

Robert Quinn, 48, of Fryeburg was sentenced in Oxford County Superior Court to serve three months in jail for theft, tax evasion, and failure to collect, truthfully account or pay over tax.

Quinn is the owner of the Jockey Cap Country Store in Fryeburg, a gas station and convenience store. Beginning in August 2007 and continuing through February 2017, Quinn intentionally underreported both the store’s sales and sales tax collected by substantial amounts. According to the office of the Maine Attorney General, Quinn diverted more than $370,000 in sales tax to his own use. The state has recovered $206,000 from Quinn, who was ordered to pay an additional $300,000, including interest.

Justice Joyce A. Wheeler sentenced Quinn to four years, with all but three months in jail suspended, and three years of probation.

This case was investigated by the Maine Revenue Services’ Criminal Investigations Unit.

Emily Burnham is a Maine native and proud Bangorian, covering business, the arts, restaurants and the culture and history of the Bangor region.