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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, March 18, 2014

York Man Sentenced To Prison For Filing Dozens Of False Tax Returns

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. - A resident of York, Pa., has been sentenced in federal court to 33 months in prison, three years supervised release, and ordered to pay restitution to the Internal Revenue Service in the amount of $128,105 on his conviction of conspiracy to defraud the government and filing false claims with Internal Revenue Service, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

United States District Judge Kim R. Gibson imposed the sentence on Wendell Parker, 41.

According to information presented to the court, from April 2008 to Oct. 2010 Parker conspired to file 72 false and fictitious income tax returns claiming tax refunds totaling $210,581, and from Dec. 15, 2008, to May 26, 2010, he prepared and filed federal income tax returns claiming refunds knowing the claimant's address, wage information and withholding information was false and fictitious.

Assistant United States Attorney John J. Valkovci, Jr., prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

U.S. Attorney Hickton commended the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Parker.

Updated July 14, 2015