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Woman Pleads Guilty to Filing False Tax Return with IRS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 2, 2012

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Jennifer Falbo pleaded guilty before United States District Judge Donetta W. Ambrose to a charge of making and subscribing a false tax return, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that on June 6, 2008, Falbo made and subscribed, and then filed with the Internal Revenue Service, a false income tax return (Form1040) for the calendar year 2003. Falbo falsely reported that gross receipts in 2003 from the operation of Pittsburgh Lawn Care, a business operated by her husband, Michael Falbo, since the late 1990's, were $138,401.00, when, in fact, the gross receipts from the operation of the business were $314,073.34. Michael Falbo previously entered a guilty plea to the same offense in April 2012 and is scheduled to be sentenced on Aug. 14, 2012.

Judge Ambrose scheduled sentencing for Nov. 6, 2012, at 12:15 p.m. The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 3 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Carolyn J. Bloch is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Internal Revenue Service conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Falbo.

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