St. Johnsbury businessman Blake Jenkins Sr. will be serving his prison sentence in northern New Hampshire

St. Johnsbury businessman Blake Jenkins Sr. will be serving his prison sentence in northern New Hampshire. Jenkins, 61, has been convicted of evading taxes and committing identity theft and was sentenced last week to serve one year and one day in federal prison. According to court documents made public last week, Judge William K. Sessions III said he doesn’t think Jenkins is a security risk and has recommended that he serve his time as close to St. Johnsbury as possible. Jenkins, who has been ordered to report to prison by 2 p.m. on Oct. 4, is also required to serve two years of supervised release after he completes his sentence. In February, Jenkins pleaded guilty as part of a plea agreement to two counts of evading employment taxes and one count of identity theft while operating Blake Jenkins Painting, Inc. According to court records and proceedings, Jenkins evaded employment taxes from mid-2015 to mid-2020 by paying his employees “off the books” wages either in cash or in checks which were falsely identified as being for non-wage purposes.

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