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Titusville Physician Pleads Guilty To Tax Offenses

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 8, 2010

ERIE, Pa. - Acting United States Attorney Robert S. Cessar announced today, April 8, 2010, that Ruth Ellen Rickerson, a resident of Titusville, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of violating federal income tax laws.

Rickerson, age 56, pleaded guilty to three counts before United States District Judge Sean J. McLaughlin.

In connection with the guilty plea, Assistant United States Attorney Christian A. Trabold advised the court that Rickerson, a Titusville physician, failed to file income tax returns within the time period prescribed by law for the calendar years 2002 through 2004.

Judge McLaughlin scheduled sentencing for August 5, 2010 at 10:00 a.m.  The law provides for a total sentence of three years in prison, a fine of $300,000, or both.  Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

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

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