Bethel business owner pleads guilty to tax evasion

Timothy P. Draper, 54, of Bethel, Connecticut, waived his right to be listed and pleaded guilty to tax evasion during an appearance in federal court in Hartford on Monday, April 18, 2022.

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BETHEL — The owner of a local landscaping business pleaded guilty Monday to a federal tax evasion offense, officials said.

Timothy P. Draper, 54, of Bethel, waived his right to be listed and pleaded guilty to tax evasion during an appearance in federal court in Hartford.

Upon sentencing, Draper faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison. He is expected to be sentenced by Judge Sarah AL Merriam on July 11.

Federal prosecutors said Draper owns and operates T&M Lawn and Landscape, as well as several residential rental properties in Danbury and Bethel.


He allegedly failed to deposit numerous checks from his landscaping and rental businesses in his operating accounts, resulting in approximately $1.8 million in business revenue underreported on his tax returns for years. 2015 to 2017, prosecutors said.

During that same three-year period, prosecutors said, Draper paid his personal expenses from his business accounts and did not classify those payments as income for himself. The under-reporting of income resulted in underpayment of more than $500,000 in income taxes.

Prosecutors said Draper paid $1,117,883.11 in back taxes, interest and penalties.

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