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Seward Man Sentenced To Probation For Preparing False Income Tax Returns

July 26, 2012

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A resident of Seward, Pa., has been sentenced in federal court to three years probation, including six months home detention, on his conviction of aiding and assisting in the preparation and presentation of false and fraudulent individual income tax returns, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today. As a condition of probation, defendant was prohibited from preparing tax returns for anyone but himself and his wife.

Senior United States District Judge Maurice B. Cohill, Jr. imposed the sentence on Larry E. Snow, 62.

According to information presented to the court, an IRS examination of a sample of returns the defendant prepared for 17 taxpayers during the period from April 15, 2005 to April 15, 2009, showed that Snow prepared 63 false and fraudulent income tax returns, resulting in a tax loss of $98,414.

In imposing sentence, the Court departed downward from the 18-24 month Sentencing Guidelines range due to defendant's head trauma/amnesia in 1986 and the fact that he is the sole care-giver for his disabled wife of 17 years.

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 Snow.

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