(KMOV)-- A former manager of a Hazelwood Ford Assembly Plant has been indicted on tax evasion charges.
Officials say from at least 2001 to 2004, John Perry, 54, failed to report kickback payments on his federal income taxes while he worked as the Materials, Planning and Logistics Manger. He was responsible for approving invoices from Ford vendors for expenses related to vehicle transportation and storage.
Perry allegedly approved false and inflated invoices submitted to Ford by a vendor for transportation and storage expenses. When Ford paid for the invoices, police say the owner of the logistics company paid Perry a kickback.
The indictment alleges several other instances of receiving kickbacks, as well. It states Perry received in excess of $2 million from the schemes, causing a tax loss of $600,000.
Perry was indicted on four felony counts of tax evasion. If convicted, each count could mean a maximum penalty of five years in prison and fines up to $100,000.
The case was investigated by the IRS.