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Oil CEO Gets Five Years for Failure to Declare $66 Million

Jan. 26, 2022, 7:25 PM

The founder of a European oil and gas company was sentenced to five years in prison after admitting he failed to file tax returns on $66 million of income, which he blamed on a “bitter divorce.”

Todd Kozel, 55, who founded and led London-based Gulf Keystone Petroleum Ltd., was accused in 2018 of concealing assets in a foreign trust that included 29 million shares of the company and using about $12.8 million of those assets to buy a condominium in New York. He was later charged with willful failure to file tax returns from 2011 to 2015.

Todd Kozel
Photographer: Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images

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