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Two Charged with Conspiring to Defraud the Government and Filing False Tax Returns

May 14, 2013

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. - A resident of York, Pa., and a resident of Mahanoy City, Pa., have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Johnstown on charges of conspiracy to defraud the government and filing false and fictitious federal income tax returns, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

The 11-count indictment named Wendell Parker, 40, and Kimberly Lynn Snyder, 37.

According to the indictment, from April 2008 to Oct. 2010 Parker and Snyder conspired to file 72 false and fictitious income tax returns where they claimed tax refunds totaling $210,581, and from Dec. 15, 2008, to May 26, 2010, Parker prepared and filed federal income tax returns claiming refunds knowing the claimant's address, wage information and withholding information was false and fictitious.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 60 years in prison, a fine of $2,750,000, or both, for Parker; and 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both, for Snyder. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney John J. Valkovci, Jr., is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.

An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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