Falmouth man sentenced for tax evasion

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PORTLAND — The former president of a poker chip manufacturing company will serve 10 months in jail for tax evasion.

John Kendall, 66, of Falmouth, was president of the now-defunct Chipco International, which was based in Yarmouth. In March, Kendall was found guilty of multiple counts of tax evasion for paying his employees off the books and using the tax money for personal and business purposes.

He was sentenced by Justice Thomas Warren on May 29 at the Cumberland County Courthouse to 3 1/2 years in jail, with most of that time suspended. Kendall will serve three years probation following his release. The prosecutor had sought an 18- to 24-month sentence. Kendall also must pay restitution of almost $52,000.

Warren granted Kendall’s request the sentence be stayed while an appeal is pending. Kendall remains free on personal recognizance bail, but must surrender his passport until the appeal is resolved.