A former Internal Revenue Service supervisor has been sentenced on tax fraud charges.

Michael Doyle, 44, of Hudson, N.H., was sentenced Monday by Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV to three years of probation, with the first six months served in home confinement. Doyle was also ordered to pay a $2,000 fine and $7,500 in restitution.

Doyle was convicted last month of tax fraud by a federal jury for falsely claiming that he was eligible for a First-Time Homebuyer Tax Credit. Doyle, a 20-year-employee of the IRS, was ineligible for the tax credit because he had purchased his home in 2007 before the credit went into effect in April 2008. The jury determined that Doyle knowingly claimed the credit even though he knew that he was not eligible, and that he entered false information in his tax return to accomplish the fraud.

The First-Time Homebuyer Tax Credit was part of a federal government stimulus program to encourage people to purchase homes during the financial crisis which began in 2007, and remained in effect through 2009. Doyle was indicted as part of a broader investigation into fraud in the program.

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