gavel-thumbnailA New Hampshire man will spend time in prison in connection with filing false tax returns after a theft at a university bookstore in Dubuque. Thirty-seven-year-old Thomas DeFelice admitted to conspiring with James Spaulding of Longmont, Colorado to create a fake company called RVP Wholesale Books.

Spaulding was the director of the Clarke University Bookstore in Dubuque, and the fake book company was used to issued invoices for book purchases that never happened. DeFelice and Spaulding split $302,000 they made through the fake book supplier. The two men filed false tax returns in 2011 and 2012 that didn’t include the money they made on the fake bookstore.

DeFelice was sentenced to one year in prison and ordered to pay taxes and penalties owed. Spaulding had previously been sentenced to 57 months in federal prison.