Gary (Indiana) City Councilman Ronier Scott was sentenced to serve three months in federal prison for income tax evasion after a federal judge said Tuesday that the five-month term requested by his lawyer and prosecutors was too much.
U.S. Magistrate John Martin also ordered Mr. Scott to perform 400 hours of community service.
“Just being at home, that’s wasted time,” Martin said, adding that he would rather the community benefit from Scott’s punishment.
Scott, a councilman since 2004, pleaded guilty in 2013 to two misdemeanor counts of not filing his 2008 and 2009 income tax returns.
He and prosecutors had agreed in his plea deal to ask for the minimum sentence under federal sentencing guidelines, which was 10 to 16 months, half of which could be served in home confinement.