Local businessman gets year in prison for tax evasion on skimmed cash

Thomas Laugen, the former owner of Global Vending LLC, which supplied video gambling machines to bars and restaurants, will serve one year in federal prison for income tax evasion for failing to report cash he skimmed from the machines, according to a Wisconsin State Journal report.

Laugen split cash profits generated by video gambling machines with tavern owners. In a 2017 meeting, he described how he skimmed cash and failed to report it on his taxes to an undercover IRS agent posing as a potential buyer of the Middleton Sport Bowl.