Lexington businessman sentenced for using clients' money to buy sports cards

A Lexington businessman who admitted using hundreds of thousands of dollars of his clients' money to purchase sports collector cards was sentenced in federal court Friday to three years and four months in prison.

U.S. District Judge Karl S. Forester sentenced David Byron, 46, for wire fraud and attempting to evade paying income taxes. Forester also ordered Byron to pay $688,530.89 in restitution to the victims.

Byron previously admitted that from 2006 through April 2010 he devised a scheme to defraud at least seven clients of his bookkeeping business.

According to the plea agreement, Byron told clients he would facilitate payment of their taxes owed to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and other state and federal government agencies. In reality, Byron wired money from their bank accounts to his bank account and then used the money to supplement his lifestyle and purchased $350,000 worth of baseball and sports collector cards.

Under federal law, Byron must serve 85 percent of his prison sentence, and, upon release, will be under the supervision of the United States Probation Office for three years.

The investigation was conducted by the Internal Revenue Service and the United States Secret Service.