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West Mifflin Man Admits Filing False Income Tax Returns

May 12, 2010

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Acting United States Attorney Robert S. Cessar announced today, May 12, 2010, that on May 11, 2010, a resident of West Mifflin, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of filing false claims with the Internal Revenue Service, and using names and social security numbers of individuals, without their authorization, to file false federal income tax returns.

Eric Sinyangwe, age 38, pleaded guilty to three counts before Senior United States District Judge Maurice B. Cohill, Jr.

In connection with the guilty plea, Assistant United States Attorney Gregory C. Melucci advised the court that Sinyangwe, acting under the business name of "Oubani Taxes," located on Lebanon Church Road, used stolen identities to electronically file 19 fraudulent federal income tax with the Internal Revenue Service in February 2008, in which he sought approximately $84,190 in refunds through a refund anticipation loan scheme.

Judge Cohill scheduled sentencing for Tuesday, September 14, 2010, at 11:00 a.m.  The law provides for a total sentence of  27 years in prison, a fine of $1,500,000, 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.

Inspectors of the United States Postal Inspection Service and agents from the United States Secret Service and Internal Revenue Service conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Eric Sinyangwe.

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