Video gambling scheme results in year in prison for woman

Mary Lavine, 65, who pleaded guilty to conspiring to defraud the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and filing a false 2018 corporate income return, will spend one year in prison, according to a report from the Wisconsin State Journal.

Lavine co-owned Bullseye Inc. with Scott Blader and conspired to avoid paying more than $3 million in taxes on money skimmed from the proceeds of video gambling machines in bars. The company had contracted with bar owners to place video gambling machines in their businesses, then split the profits with the bar owners. Lavine admitted that some agreed to skim funds generated by the machines and not report all of the funds to the IRS or state Department of Revenue.  

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