The president of a company that hosted tax forums for the Internal Revenue Service has been sentenced to five years in prison for defrauding the IRS of more than $1 million.

U.S. District Judge Roger W. Titus sentenced Brosim S. Ekpone to the jail term, followed by three years of supervised release, and ordered him to pay $1,379,630 in restitution. Ekpone was convicted of conspiracy to defraud the U.S. and obstruction of a federal audit in connection with a conspiracy to submit false invoices under a contract between the IRS and Ekpone's former company, Public Affairs International, according to the Justice Department.

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