A Travis County jury Friday ordered Patrick Cox, founder of TaxMasters and big Republican donor, to pay more than $195 mil. for defrauding customers in Texas and elsewhere in the U.S. and committing over 110,000 violations of the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act. TaxMasters must pay more than $113 mil. back to its customers.

"Today’s decision marks a significant victory for the Texans and TaxMasters customers nationwide who sought help from TaxMasters with their income tax debts and were taken advantage of in the midst of a national economic downturn," Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott wrote in a statement. "While the TaxMasters CEO made hollow promises about fighting for taxpayers and their pocketbooks in television ads, the evidence proved that the firm didn’t even bother to show up when it came time to fulfill those promises, but instead misled and defrauded their customers."

Cox donated to Sen. John Cornyn’s campaign in 2008, and Gov. Rick Perry’s gubernatorial campaign in 2010.

Abbott’s office also accuses TaxMasters of filing Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in "an apparent effort to avoid the State’s enforcement action."