FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 1, 2012
CAMDEN, N.J. – A former New Jersey state probation officer admitted today evading federal income taxes in 2007 by falsely claiming that he was exempt from income tax withholding on the wages he received from the state, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
Charles Armstead, 43, (a/k/a “Rawus Jamus”) of Pittsgrove, N.J., pleaded guilty before U.S. District Court Chief Judge Jerome B. Simandle in Camden federal court to one count of a four-count Indictment charging him with tax evasion from 2005 through 2008.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
In 2007, Armstead was employed by the State of New Jersey as a probation officer. In March 2007, he submitted to his employer a W-4 form falsely claiming that he was exempt from withholding and that no federal tax should be withheld from his wages. Armstead received approximately $78,000 in wages in 2007, but failed to file his 2007 federal income tax return when due and failed to pay the income tax he owed.
The tax evasion count to which Armstead pleaded guilty carries a maximum potential penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is currently scheduled for Sept. 28, 2012.
U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of IRS-Criminal Investigation, under the direction of Acting Special Agent in Charge JoAnn S. Zuniga, with the investigation leading to today’s guilty plea.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney R. David Walk Jr. of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Camden.
Defense counsel: Christopher O’Malley Esq., Assistant Federal Public Defender, Camden