A federal judge sentenced three San Antonio businessmen Friday for their roles in a $133 million tax fraud scheme.
Federal prosecutors say the defendants in the case admitted that between 2002 and 2008 they stole millions of dollars from clients of their professional employment service companies.
John Bean, Pat Mire and Mike Solis deceived clients by agreeing to manage their payroll and insurance programs, and then diverting the money for their own use.
Bean, the owner of Synergy Personnel, was sentenced to six years in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release. He was also ordered to pay more than $120 million in restitution stemming from money laundering and mail fraud conspiracy charges in March 2013.
Mire, who owned and managed several San Antonio-based PEOs, was sentenced to three years in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release. He was also ordered to pay restitution, to the tune of $10 million, after pleading guilty to a money laundering and mail fraud conspiracy charge in November 2011.
Solis, an executive assistant at several San Antonio-based PEOs, was sentenced to two years in federal prison and three years of supervised release after pleading guilty to a mail fraud conspiracy charge in December 2012.
A fourth defendant, John D. Walker II, was sentenced to five years probation and ordered to pay $450,000 restitution after pleading guilty to a Klein tax fraud conspiracy charge and a false statement charge in May 2012. Walker is the owner and manager of several San Antonio-based PEOs.