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Westmoreland County Woman Pleads Guilty To Filing A False Tax Return

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 15 , 2011

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

Lisa A. Findlay pleaded guilty to one count before Senior United States District Judge Alan N. Bloch.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that veterinarian (and former CPA) Lisa A. Findlay falsified her personal income tax returns, as well as the corporate returns for Countryside Veterinary Hospital, Inc., for the calendar years 2002-2006, by diversion of funds from the corporation, which she concealed by falsification of the corporate tax return.  The total amount of corporate funds diverted during the five-year period was $272,199.13, which resulted in a tax loss to the federal government of $79,414.00.

Judge Bloch scheduled sentencing for Jan. 9, 2012, at 12:30 p.m.  The law provides for a total sentence of three years in prison, a fine of $250,000, one year supervised release and a $100 special assessment.  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.

Pending sentencing, the court released the defendant on bond.

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 that led to the prosecution of Lisa A. Findlay.

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