ALFRED — An Old Orchard Beach man who ran a motel has been convicted for the theft of sales tax.

Dennis Caris, 54, was convicted on charges of felony theft by misapplication of sales tax, failure to truthfully collect, account and pay over sales tax, Attorney General William Schneider announced today.

The activity took place between January 2007 and October 2009.

Superior Court Justice William Brodrick sentenced Caris to two years in jail, with all but four months suspended and three years of probation. Caris was also ordered to pay $35,860 in tax and interest.

Caris ran The Caris Landings by the Sea in Old Orchard Beach.

The Attorney General’s Office said he failed to respond to numerous efforts by Maine Revenue Services to pay over tax money he was collecting from guests.