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Erie Attorney Pleads Guilty To Tax Evasion

August 4, 2010

PITTSBURGH, Pa. ‑ Acting United States Attorney Robert S. Cessar announced today, August 4, 2010, that Timothy J. Lucas pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of tax evasion.

Lucas pleaded guilty to one count before Chief United States District Judge Gary L. Lancaster.

In connection with the guilty plea, Assistant United States Attorney Stephen R. Kaufman advised the court that Lucas, an attorney in private practice in Erie, Pa., evaded payment of his income tax due for the calendar years 1996 through 2006.  Lucas filed accurate tax returns for each year, but since 2001 he has made almost no payments to the IRS of taxes due.  However, he paid $398,000 on credit cards and $78,000 for vehicles.  In 2004 he purchased a Porsche; in 2005 he purchased a Land Rover.  From 2003 to 2007, he spent over $100,000 on trips to St. Barts.  During the same period, he spent $65,000 on pleasure trips to New York City.

Judge Lancaster scheduled sentencing for December 3, 2010. The law provides for a total sentence of five years in prison, a fine of $250,000, 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 conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Timothy J. Lucas.

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