Actress gets prison for failing to pay taxes

Actress gets prison for failing to pay taxes

EUGENE, Ore. -- An adult film actress who admitted failing to pay taxes was ordered to serve 6 months in prison and pay almost $300,000 in outstanding taxes.

Adult film actress and former Penthouse model Janine M. James, also known as Janine Lindemulder, 40, of Huntington Beach, Calif, was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court in Eugene, Ore.

James pleaded guilty in August 2008 to charges she failed to pay outstanding federal income taxes.

From 2000 through 2006, James, while owing more than $200,000 in federal taxes, spent over $750,000 on homes, vehicles, furniture and a piano, while failing to voluntarily make any payments to the IRS. Those purchases included a home in Eugene, Ore.

On Monday, United States Magistrate Judge Thomas Coffin ordered James to serve 6 months in federal prison, followed by one year of supervised release.

As part of her post-prison supervised release, James must participate in a residential community corrections center for up to six months. In addition, James must pay all her outstanding taxes,which currently are about $294,000.

James was ordered to report to prison on March 10, 2009.

The Internal Revenue Service investigated the case. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Chris Cardani.