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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, September 20, 2013

Buffalo attorney pleads guilty to submitting false tax returns

         Buffalo, N.Y.-- -The United States Attorney's Office for the Western District of New York announced today that Lisa M. Yaeger, 49, of Buffalo, N.Y., pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara to three misdemeanor charges of submitting false documents to the Internal Revenue Service. Each charge carries a maximum penalty of one year in prison, a fine of $100,000 or both.

            Assistant U.S. Attorney Gretchen L. Wylegala, who handled the case, stated that the defendant, an attorney who was employed in a variety of public positions, also maintained a private practice. Yaeger failed to report substantial amounts of income she received from her private practice in the years 2005, 2006 and 2007. The tax loss attributable to the undisclosed income exceeded $22,000. 


            The plea is the culmination of an investigation on the part of Special Agents of the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigative Division, under the direction of  Special Agent- in-Charge Toni M. Weirauch.

           
Sentencing is scheduled for  February 10, 2014, at  12:30 p.m. before Judge Arcara.