Landlord Sentenced to Probation, Fined for Filing False Tax Returns
PITTSBURGH - A resident of Pittsburgh, Pa., has been sentenced in federal court to four years probation with eight months home confinement and a $25,000 fine on his conviction of filing a false tax return, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.
United States District Judge Mark R. Hornak imposed the sentence on Jason Cohen.
According to information presented to the court, landlord Jason Cohen falsified his personal income tax returns for the calendar years 2006-2008 by failing to declare approximately $283,308 in monthly rental fees which tenants paid in cash. The failure to declare such cash rental payments led to a tax loss on Cohen's personal income tax returns of $24,368 for the three-year period.
Prior to imposing sentence, Judge Hornak stated that although Cohen was a first offender who has since corrected his business practices, this was "a very close call" on whether imprisonment was required.
Assistant United States Attorney Leo M. Dillon prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.
U.S. Attorney Hickton commended the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Cohen.