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Restaurateur Pleads Guilty To Federal Tax Charges

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 4 , 2011

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A North Huntingdon restaurant owner pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of tax evasion and filing a false tax return, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Adam J. Lucas pleaded guilty to two counts before United States District Judge Nora Barry Fischer.

In connection with the guilty plea, the Court was advised that Lucas was the owner of the Pizza and Gyro Express restaurant, at the McKee Road and Clay Pike intersection, in North Huntingdon, Pa. Lucas failed to report approximately 50% of the gross receipts from his business, and also under reported payroll and employment taxes due on federal employment tax returns. For the years 2005 through 2009, the total tax loss due to Lucas' false personal, corporation and employer payroll tax returns was $321,376.77.

Judge Fischer scheduled sentencing for 9:00 a.m. on Feb. 24, 2012. The law provides for a total sentence of eight years in prison, and a fine of $500,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offense(s) and the criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Pending sentencing, the Court placed Lucas on bond.

Assistant United States Attorney Robert S. Cessar is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Lucas.

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