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Western Pennsylvania Man Facing Tax Charges

June 21, 2011

PITTSBURGH, Pa. ‑ A resident of Western Pennsylvania has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of income tax evasion and failure to file income tax returns, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

The six‑count indictment named Thomas D. Tuka as the sole defendant.

According to the indictment, Tuka is charged with four counts of federal income tax evasion for the years 2003 ‑ 2006, in which the total alleged tax loss is $60,165.  Tuka is also charged with failure to file his federal income tax returns for the years 2007 and 2008.

On each of the four tax evasion counts, the law provides for a maximum total sentence of five years in prison, a fine of $250,000, three years supervised release and a $100 special assessment.  The maximum penalty for each of the failure to file counts is one year imprisonment, a fine of $100,000, one year supervised release and a $25 special assessment.  Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Leo M. Dillon is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.

An indictment or information is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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