Amarillo anesthesiologist gets prison for tax evasion

AMARILLO, Texas (AP) - A Texas Panhandle anesthesiologist who for years skipped paying income taxes and hid money using his dead father's name must serve nearly four years in prison.

A federal judge in Amarillo on Thursday also ordered Dr. Edgar Lockett Jr. to pay more than $1.4 million in back taxes since 2000. Lockett in September was convicted of six counts of tax evasion.

Investigators say Lockett is a self-employed anesthesiologist in Amarillo who formerly practiced in Mineral Wells and McAllen.

Lockett did not file income tax returns since 1999, except for a joint return with his spouse for tax year 2007. Investigators say Lockett, who was sentenced to 45 months in prison, concealed his assets by putting the money in bank accounts used his deceased father's name and Social Security number.

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