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Former new jersey probation officer sentenced to five months in prison for evading taxes



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 16, 2012


 

CAMDEN, N.J. – A former New Jersey state probation officer was sentenced today to five months in prison for 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, 44, (a/k/a “Rawus Jamus”) of Pittsgrove, N.J., previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Jerome B. Simandle to one count of a four-count Indictment charging him with tax evasion from 2005 through 2008. Judge Simandle imposed the sentence today in Camden federal court.

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.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Simandle sentenced Armstead to five months of home confinement and three years of supervised release.

U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of IRS-Criminal Investigation, under the direction of Acting Special Agent in Charge Shantelle P. Kitchen in Newark, with the investigation leading to today’s sentence.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney R. David Walk Jr. of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Camden.

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Defense counsel: Christopher O’Malley Esq., Assistant Federal Public Defender, Camden

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