PROVIDENCE — A Rhode Island businessman was sentenced to jail Thursday after pocketing $570,000 in employment taxes and spending more than $200,000 of that money on an online dating site “Russian Brides,” according to the Rhode Island U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Steven M. Allard, 60, of North Scituate, owner and operator of BR Steel Corporation in Burrillville and Greystone Iron Corporation in Smithfield, also used $93,000 to pay rent for a “luxury house” in Scituate, U.S. Attorney Zachary A. Cunha said in a press release.

The case marks the third time Allard has been convicted and sentenced in federal court, according to Cunha.

On Sept. 20, Allard admitted in court that between at least 2017 and 2018, he failed to remit to the IRS more than $570,000 in federal employment taxes and withheld FICA payments to his employees, according to Cunha.

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Allard instead used the money to pay for personal expenses, including renting Scituate and purchasing more than $216,000 in “credits” from the online dating site, RussianBrides.com, Cunha said.

U.S. District Court Chief Judge John J. McConnell Jr. sentenced Allard on Thursday to 33 months in federal prison, followed by three years of federal supervised release. McConnell also ordered Allard to pay $625,186.29 in restitution to the IRS.

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In 2009, Allard pleaded guilty to tax evasion and fraudulent bankruptcy and was sentenced to 30 months in prison, according to Cunha. In that case, Allard admitted that from March 2005 to July 2006, he misappropriated for his own use $1.6 million owed to the IRS; and that he made false statements about real estate in a 2005 bankruptcy filing.

Prior to that, Allard was found guilty by a jury of accepting bribes from public employees and was sentenced to 10 months in federal prison, Cunha said.

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