A former corporate counsel for the city of Danville will spend the next 12 months behind bars.

John “Pat” Wolgamot was sentenced in U.S. District Court on Friday to 12 months and one day in the federal prison for his connection to a fraudulent paper scheme.

U.S. Central District of Central Illinois Chief Judge Michael McCuskey issued the sentence, which fell short of the 30 months recommended by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

In addition to prison time, Wolgamot must serve out 12 months of supervised release and pay $100 special assessment.

Wolgamot resigned his post as longtime city corporate counsel in August — just prior to entering into a plea agreement with federal prosecutors. In exchange for his plea, prosecutors dismissed three other counts against Wolgamot.

In addition, prosecutors elected to recommend a reduced sentence after Wolgamot agreed to testify in court against fellow defendant Brian Wasson during his trial earlier this year.

Wolgamot pleaded guilty during a hearing on Aug. 22 to a single charge of filing false statements. The charge against Wolgamot accused him of assisting in the preparation of a false 1040 income tax form and its presentation to the Internal Revenue Service on Aug. 17, 2001.

For his sentencing hearing, several dozen people authored letters to the court testifying to Wolgamot’s character and works within the community.

The charge carried with it the potential for up to three years in prison along with fines as high as $250,000.

The charges are part of a paper scheme in which trusts were sold to federal taxpayers by The Aegis Company. The trusts helped conceal taxpayer assets and income from the IRS and reduce income tax liability.

Courts records accused Wolgamot of being a business associate of Wasson and the late Joseph Starns, both of whom created a Midwest Alternative Planning to promote the Aegis scheme. Wolgamot was accused of working with the two men to promote the Aegis scheme.

CORRECTION - The May 19, 2009 online version of this story incorrectly reported the status of the case against John "Pat" Wolgamot's co-defendant Brian K. Wasson. Chief Judge Michael P. McCluskey of the U.S. District Court in Urbana has taken the case against Wasson under advisement and has not yet reached a decision regarding Wasson's guilt or innocence.

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