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Sharon Man Pleads Guilty to Income Tax Evasion

November 21, 2012

PITTSBURGH - A resident of Sharon, Pa., pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of income tax evasion, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Joseph E. Gump pleaded guilty to four counts before United States District Judge Terrence F. McVerry.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that Gump filed federal income tax returns for the calendar years 2003 through 2006, wherein he stated in each year that the amounts of his taxable income and tax were "none," when his form W-2 wage income in those years ranged from $59,455.49 to $84,267.70, and the tax loss to the IRS ranged from $3,900 to $13,631.

Judge McVerry scheduled sentencing for 10:00 a.m. on March 22, 2013. The law provides for a maximum total sentence on each count of five 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.

Pending sentencing, the court continued defendant's bond.

Assistant United States Attorney Leo M. Dillon is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

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

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