OAKLAND -- A San Ramon man was sentenced to 21 months in prison and ordered to pay $493,887 in restitution Monday after pleading guilty to tax evasion in May, attorneys said.

In his guilty plea, Thomas Calise, 50, admitted that between 2004 and 2005, he asked his employer, Fidelity Capital Funding, to pay his commissions to his spouse, and that he intentionally failed to report his commissions to the Internal Revenue Service, United States Attorney Melinda Haag said.

In 2006 and 2007, Calise asked Fidelity Capital Funding to issue and pay his salary and commissions to a company that he controlled, TC Financial, instead of to himself, Haag said. Calise also intentionally failed to report the income he diverted to TC Financial during those two years.

Calise owed approximately $493,887 in additional tax between 2004 and 2007, Haag said. He was ordered by a judge to pay this amount in restitution.

Contact Erin Ivie at 925-847-2122. Follow her at Twitter.com/erin_ivie.



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