AUGUSTA — A Northport man will serve 150 days in jail for theft and tax-related charges, according to a Nov. 29 press release from the Maine Attorney General’s Office.

From May 2007 through October 2015, 64-year-old James Toennis collected tax on sales made through his catering business, Coastal Maine Critters Clambakes, but kept the money for himself. Additionally, Toennis did not register with Maine Revenue Services as a retail seller of goods.

Maine District Court Judge Patricia G. Worth sentenced Toennis to 364 days with all but 150 days suspended and one year of administrative release for theft by misapplication of sales tax, failure to truthfully collect, account for and pay sales tax, and failure to register as a seller.

The Attorney General’s Office said over the course of the deferred disposition period, Toennis timely and truthfully filed Maine tax returns and paid the liability, which amounted to $32,501, toward the total restitution of $68,335. He will pay the remaining $35,834 in multiple payments over the next few years. 

Attorney General Aaron M. Frey said, “Maine depends on its business owners to collect sales tax from customers and to timely and accurately pay the collected funds to Maine Revenue Services. My office will continue to prosecute those who fail to comply with their obligations.”