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Office Manager Admits Failing to File Payroll Taxes

December 19, 2012

ERIE, Pa. - A resident of Erie, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of violating federal income tax laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Thomas Latimer, 61, pleaded guilty to three counts before United States District Judge Sean J. McLaughlin.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that as office manager for Allstar Cleaning Services, Latimer failed to account for and pay over approximately $160,530.08 in payroll taxes.

Judge McLaughlin scheduled sentencing for May 23, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. The law provides for a total sentence of 15 years in prison, a fine of $30,000, 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.

Pending sentencing, the court continued Latimer on bond.

Assistant United States Attorney Christian A. Trabold is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Latimer.

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