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Falwell Jr.s' Father in law convicted of tax fraud

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Lynchburg, VA.-Jerry Falwell Jr.'s father-in-law will spend 32 months in prison.

Prosecutors say he spent decades committing tax fraud.

A federal judge sentenced Tom Tilley, who is 80, for his involvement in a scheme to evade paying federal income taxes.

Federal prosecutors released a statement saying the landowner engaged in, "complex schemes" to impede the administration and to "enrich themselves and not pay their fair share."

The judge in his statement said, "No one is above the law and Mr. Tilley will pay a heavy price for his criminal conduct."

The judge ordered Tilley to pay more than 7 million dollars back in restitution to the IRS.

According to Liberty University, The Tilleys Tom and his wife Iris, donated $250,000 dollars to help build the Tilley Student Center that opened in 2008 at Campus North.

Court documents show that from 1993 to at least 2010, Tilley sent the IRS fraudulent financial documents in order to discharge his debt and that he failed to file his taxes despite earning substantial income.

ABC 13 reached out to Federal Prosecutors today, they say they have no further comment on the matter beyond the statement.

ABC 13 also reached out to the Falwells.

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They too, had no comment on the matter, but said this doesn't affect the school.

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