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Cambria County Man Pleads Guilty To Preparing 82 False Tax Returns

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 6, 2010

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. - Acting United States Attorney Robert S. Cessar announced today, April 6, 2010, that Samuel J. Grasso, a resident of Cambria County, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of aiding and assisting in filing false income tax returns.

Grasso, age 48, who is a resident of Cambria County, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty to one count before United States District Judge Kim R. Gibson.

In connection with the guilty plea, Assistant United States Attorney Stephanie L. Haines advised the court that from April 15, 2004, until April 15, 2007, Grasso, as a full-time tax preparer, aided and assisted in the preparation and presentation to the Internal Revenue Service of eighty-two (82) U.S. Individual Income Tax Returns, Form 1040, which were false and fraudulent in that they reflected inflated and/or false medical expenses, charitable contributions, employee business expenses, and/or Schedule C expense amounts.  Grasso knew the amounts reflected for these medical expenses, charitable contributions, employee business expenses, and/or Schedule C expense amounts, were inflated and/or false, and his fraudulent conduct resulted in a total tax deficiency of $86,730.

Judge Gibson scheduled sentencing for August, 5, 2010, at 11:00 a.m.  The law provides for a total sentence of 3 years in prison and a fine of $100,000, or both.  Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offense and the criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

The Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division, conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Grasso.

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