Ex-Ford manager gets prison for kickbacks

ST. LOUIS (AP) - A former manager at a now-closed St. Louis County Ford Motor Co. plant has been sentenced to more than four years in prison and must pay $927,000 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service for evading taxes on more than $2 million in kickbacks.

The sentence was handed down Thursday for 55-year-old John Perry of Vermilion, Ohio, formerly of Lake St. Louis, Mo. He was found guilty of tax evasion in federal court in St. Louis in February.

Perry was a materials, planning and logistics manager from 2001 to June 2004 at the Ford Assembly Plant in Hazelwood. Prosecutors say he approved inflated invoices from one vendor in return for kickbacks. He was also accused of receiving payments from another vendor in return for keeping its contract with Ford.

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