London physician sentenced to 18 months in prison for tax evasion

Photo by Kevin van Gelderen |
Photo by Kevin van Gelderen |

A London physician was sentenced Thursday to 18 months in prison followed by six months of home incarceration for evading federal income taxes, according to a press release from the U.S. attorney's office.

U.S. District Judge Gregory F. Van Tatenhove sentenced Werner Grentz, 64, for tax evasion and ordered him to pay the IRS about $900,000 for taxes that Grentz owes for the years 1999 to 2010.

Grentz admitted to hiding income by depositing the earnings into bank accounts of businesses he controlled, according to the release.

In one of the years, Grentz made $356,073 in taxable income while working as an independent physician contractor for a hospital in Jellico, Tenn., and a medical office in London, the release said.

Grentz pleaded guilty to the charge in January 2013, the news release said.

After his release from prison, Grentz will be under house arrest for six months and will be supervised by the U.S. Probation Office for three years. Grentz must serve 85 percent of the prison sentence, according to the release.