FRYEBURG, Maine — Maine Attorney General Aaron Frey announced Monday that Robert Quinn, owner of the Jockey Cap Country Store in Fryeburg, has been sentenced in the Oxford County Unified Criminal Court to serve three months in jail for failing to pay a large portion of the store’s sales tax for the years 2007-17 and diverting over $370,000 to his own use.
Beginning in August 2007 and continuing through February 2017, Quinn, 48, intentionally underreported both the store’s sales and sales tax collected by substantial amounts, the state said.
The state already has recovered over $206,000 from Quinn, who was ordered to pay an additional $300,000 (which includes interest).
Quinn pleaded guilty to the crimes of theft, tax evasion and failure to collect, truthfully account or pay over tax.
Justice Joyce A. Wheeler sentenced Quinn to four years in jail and three years of probation, but he will serve only three months in jail.
Quinn was ordered to repay the $300,000 as restitution.
Frey commented, “Business owners are entrusted to collect sales tax and properly pay the sales tax over to Maine Revenue Services. My office will continue to pursue business owners who, for personal gain, abuse the trust the state places in them.”
This case was investigated by the Maine Revenue Services’ Criminal Investigations Unit. Assistant Attorney General Gregg D. Bernstein handled this matter for the Attorney General’s Criminal Division.