An accountant from New Hartford was sentenced to 12 months in prison for failing to file his personal income tax returns, according to federal prosecutors in Syracuse.

James Becker, 53, failed to file the returns for the years 2012-2015, officials said. He also was ordered as part of the conditions of his supervised release to pay restitution to the Internal Revenue Service in the amount of $162,049.

He pleaded guilty in June to four counts of failing to file his tax returns notwithstanding having gross income in excess of $100,000 in each of the tax years, prosecutors said.

Becker operated a tax-preparation business in Whitesboro.

This case was investigated by the IRS-Criminal Investigation and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael D. Gadarian.