A former Buffalo man was ordered Wednesday to serve a 41-month prison term on his mail fraud and tax evasion conviction.
Bernard Lane, 50, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, worked as director of the Information Technology Department at Williams Advanced Materials from April 2003 to November 2006. During that time, he directed the purchase of 251 laptop computers and directed that invoices be submitted to Williams Advanced Materials for payment. After receiving the computers, the defendant then sold them to another individual for approximately $175,000, prosecutors said.
For the tax years 2005 through 2007, Lane failed to file federal income tax returns which would have included the money he received for the sale of the laptops. As a result, the defendant still owes the Internal Revenue Service approximately $58,524 in unpaid taxes, prosecutors said.
U. S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara imposed the sentence.