The chief executive of a Woodland medical device company was sentenced to one year in prison Friday for tax evasion.
Briant Benson, 59, of El Dorado Hills, pleaded guilty in August to a single count of tax evasion after admitting he failed to pay $249,000 in federal income taxes. He was sentenced by Judge Garland Burrell Jr. in U.S. District Court in Sacramento.
In his August plea agreement, Benson admitted not filing tax returns from 2004 to 2006 despite making more than $2 million in that time. He also admitted using $220,000 in corporate funds to gamble and $100,000 for other personal uses. Benson racked up gambling debts totaling more than $500,000, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.
While his company’s name isn’t revealed in court documents, Benson’s Facebook page and Twitter accounts identify him as CEO of Bentec Medical of Woodland, a maker of catheters and other products. In a presentencing memo, his defense attorney said Benson employs 67 workers and is “one of the largest employers in Woodland.”