A Minnesota man and McDonald’s franchisee was sentenced in federal court Tuesday for failure to pay $627,437.41 in federal employment taxes, the U.S. Department of Justice announced.

Stephen John Kopel, co-owner, president and chief executive of S&P Foods, Inc., deducted employment taxes from employee wages but failed to pay those taxes to the IRS from 2003 to 2006. He was charged on February 5, 2010 and in March of last year Kopel pleaded guilty to one count of willful failure to account for and pay federal employment taxes withheld for 2005.