Attorney Failed to File Income Tax Returns
PITTSBURGH, Pa. - An attorney pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of failing to file income tax returns, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.
Robert Williams pleaded guilty to two counts before Chief United States District Judge Gary L. Lancaseter.
In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that Williams is an attorney who earned in excess of $100,000 in both 2005 and 2006, but he failed to file his tax returns for those years. He also failed to make any payments toward his tax liabilities. Williams was aware of his obligation to file those tax returns based on his prior history of filing tax returns and his education, yet he willfully failed to file those tax returns. As part of the plea agreement, Williams agreed to pay approximately $138,000 to the government.
Judge Lancaster scheduled sentencing for Aug. 31, 2012 at 9:30 a.m. The law provides for a total sentence of one year in prison, a fine of $100,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the criminal history, if any, of the defendant.
Assistant United States Attorney Brendan T. Conway is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.
The Criminal Investigation Division of the Internal Revenue Service conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Williams.