Scottsdale man who skipped sentencing gets extra prison time

September 17, 2021 GMT

PHOENIX (AP) — A Scottsdale man who failed to appear for his sentencing in a tax fraud case has received more prison time, according to federal authorities.

In August 2020, Thomas Rampetsreiter was given a two-year sentence in federal prison and ordered to pay more than $2.2 million restitution to the Internal Revenue Service.

Rampetsreiter was accused of conspiring to file fraudulent tax returns, according to IRS investigators. He was ordered to self-surrender to begin his sentence on Oct. 13, 2020 but didn’t show.

Rampetsreiter was later arrested in Florida where he was living at a hotel under an assumed name, authorities said. He reportedly changed the license plate on his vehicle, was in possession of four cellphones and multiple debit cards and had four $1,000 international money orders.

Prosecutors said Rampetsreiter was sentenced in a Phoenix court Monday to an additional nine months in federal prison.