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Erie Man Sentenced To Prison For Tax Evasion

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 7, 2011

PITTSBURGH, Pa. ‑ A resident of Erie, Pa., was sentenced in federal court on Jan. 6, 2011, to one year and one day imprisonment and two years supervised release on his conviction of tax evasion, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Chief United States District Judge Gary L. Lancaster imposed the sentence on Timothy Lucas.

According to information presented to the court, Lucas evaded payment of his income tax due for the calendar years 1996 through 2006.  Lucas filed accurate tax returns for each year.  However, since 2001 he has made almost no payments to the IRS of tax 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.

Assistant United States Attorney Stephen R. Kaufman prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

U.S. Attorney Hickton commended the Internal Revenue Service‑Criminal Investigation for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Lucas.

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