Ex-Seminole Councilman Sentenced in Tax Fraud

David Roger Cypress sentenced to a year and a half in prison

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    A former Seminole Tribe of Florida council member has been sentenced to a year and a half in prison in a federal tax fraud case.
     
    The Miami Herald reports that David Roger Cypress apologized at his sentencing hearing Thursday. He pleaded guilty in April to filing a false 2007 tax return.
     
    Cypress admitted failing to report more than $285,000 in tribal distributions on the tax return for 2007 alone. But in court documents Cypress agreed to pay the Internal Revenue Service more than $5.4 million in back taxes and penalties for the years 2003 to 2009.

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    Cypress was a member of the Seminole tribal council from 1999 to 2010.
     
    His attorney said Cypress didn't understand that he owed personal income taxes as gaming boosted the tribe's wealth.

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