Pickaway Multimillionaire Guilty on Tax Evasion

posted by Kevin Coleman - 

A Pickaway County multimillionaire has been found guilty on tax-evasion charges. 

The Columbus Dispatch reports John Anderson Rankin could face a maximum just more than eight years in federal prison. 

A jury at federal court in Columbus found him guilty Thursday on all 17 tax-related charges against him dating back to 2005.  He also will owe at least an estimated $4 million to the IRS.

Rankin was one of the wealthiest defendants federal prosecutors in Columbus said they have ever had in a tax case.  He also represented himself at trial. 

Rankin owns a software development company, and is the principal in the Tuscan Table Italian restaurant in Circleville. Prosecutors estimate he is likely worth anywhere between $10 million to $15 million.

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