Jack Wharton Thomas Sentenced To Ten Years Probation For Failure To Pay Taxes

01/14/2011 08:46 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

A man who authorities describe as a "tax protester" was sentenced to 10 years of probation for 4 felonies related to failure to pay taxes.

54-year-old Jack Wharton Thomas of Black Forest was convicted in October for failure to pay state income taxes from 2004-2008.

In an effort to defend himself, Thomas--an airline pilot--claimed that he was not a wage-earner, and that he lived in Wyoming.

The Attorney General's office reported that the jury took less than one hour to convict Thomas.

On Friday, Thomas was sentenced to 10 years ­­­­­­probation for failing to pay more than $60,000 in taxes, plus penalties and interest he owed to the state of Colorado.

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