After seven years of prosecutorial pursuit, telecommunications mogul Walter C. Anderson was sentenced to serve nine years in prison for failing to pay more than $200 million in taxes. He will receive credit for the two years he has already served.Anderson, 53, was also ordered to pay about $23 million to District of Columbia tax collectors, but a federal judge ruled that he won’t have to pay the Internal Revenue Service restitution ranging from $100 million to $175 million, because prosecutors listed the wrong statute in Anderson’s plea agreement. Judge Paul Friedman said he could have ordered Anderson to repay the money as part of his probation, but prosecutors has also omitted any discussion of probation from Anderson's paperwork.
The government has said that it plans to bring civil charges against Anderson to retrieve the restitution.
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