A former manager at a now-closed Ford Motor Co. plant in eastern Missouri has been convicted of evading taxes on more than $2 million in kickbacks.

The U.S. Attorney's office says 55-year-old John Perry, formerly of Lake St. Louis and now of Vermilion, Ohio, was found guilty Tuesday following a six-day jury trial.

Perry was a manager from 2001 to June 2004 at the Ford Assembly Plant in Hazelwood. Prosecutors said he approved inflated invoices from one vendor in return for kickbacks. He was also accused of receiving payments from another vendor in return for keeping its contract with Ford.

Authorities said Perry's failure to fully report the kickback income cost the government more than $600,000 in taxes.

Sentencing on the four tax evasion counts is set for May 31.




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