Brian J. Bolus, 46, of Lewisburg, was sentenced Thursday by U.S. Middle District Chief Judge Christopher C. Conner.
He had pleaded guilty in January 2016 to evading federal income taxes by paying his personal expenses with funds of BPK Management Inc., a firm that included Minuteman Spill Response.
Minuteman was headquartered near Milton and had a facility in Middletown.
The tax evasion charge covered only 2012 when the tax loss was $139,103 but Bolus agreed to pay a total of $468,765 to cover taxes, interest and penalties for 2010 through 2012.
The advisory guidelines called for a jail sentence of 12 to 18 months. Terms of the plea agreement prevented the government from arguing for a specific sentence.
Bolus reports his accountants are working on his 2013-2016 returns but the government said the results will have no bearing on the tax loss for 2012.
At one time he was facing insurance fraud, corrupt organizations and theft charges in Montour and Northumberland counties as the result of a 20-month statewide grand jury investigation that covered the period 2008 through May 2013.
The state attorney general's office last September chose not to prosecute all 39 counts in Montour County and later withdrew all but two in Northumberland County. No explanation was given.
The remaining charges allege the overbilling of a client approximately $120,000 over an extended period.
The dropped charges accused Bolus, Minuteman and five others of illegally dumping solid waste from natural gas drilling operations, making ghost employees eligible for company insurance and overbilling clients.
Bolus formed Minuteman Towing Inc. in 1991 while a sophomore in college and Minuteman Spill Response 10 years later.
Corbett praised the company when he visited Minuteman headquarters in February 2012.
At one time Bolus' businesses had approximately 150 employees and annual sales of about $20 million. The towing business operated along Interstate 80 between State College and the New Jersey border.
Bolus, his wife Karen and young son Preston have sued former Attorney General Kathleen Kane, the attorney general's office and five present or former staff members claiming search warrants issued in the state criminal case were improperly obtained and executed.
In the suit, Bolus alleges armed agents handcuffed his wife on the kitchen floor of their Lewisburg home in front of their son, threatened to shoot the family dog because it was barking and prevented her from driving Preston to school so he was taken in a cruiser.
Court activity in that civil case has been stayed until the criminal charges are all resolved.