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Pa. Man Charged with Tax Evasion

April 6, 2012

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A resident of Pennsylvania has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of tax evasion, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

The two-count indictment named Sherman W. Friend as the sole defendant.

According to indictment, Sherman had winning lottery tickets that he used other people to cash so he wouldn't have to pay taxes on the winnings. In 2009 he had $101,818 in income and owed $22,229 in taxes. In 2010 he had $378,779 in income and owed $110,216 in taxes.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of not more than 10 years in prison, a fine of $500,000. or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Nelson P. Cohen 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 is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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