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A Dover man who owns a safety-related business has been sentenced to 21 months in prison and has been ordered to make more than $1.1 million in restitution for payroll tax fraud.

Peter Coker, 50, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office, collected payroll tax from employees of Sitework Safety Supplies Inc. between tax years 2012 and 2014 and in 2016, but did not turn those tax collections over to the IRS.

"The law requires all individuals and business owners to pay taxes that are owed to the IRS. Government programs and services on which we all rely are funded by that tax revenue. Here, the defendant collected taxes from his employees but did not pay over those funds to the IRS," U.S. Attorney David Weiss said. "As a result, Social Security, Medicare and other government programs had no record of those employees having properly paid."

According to IRS Criminal Investigation Special Agent in Charge Guy Ficco, Coker cheated his employees and the government.

"As a result if his actions, his employees are at risk of losing future Social Security and Medicare Benefits," Ficco said. "IRS-CI will work tirelessly to ensure that perpetrators of similar crimes are held accountable."

Sitework Safety Supplies provides traffic flagging services and other safety-related services and supplies. The company's website makes reference to previous tax problems faced by Coker.