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Westmoreland County Restaurateur Sentenced to Probation with Home Detention for Evading Taxes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 13, 2013

PITTSBURGH - A resident of Greensburg, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court to five years probation, including one year of home detention, and ordered to file tax returns, including penalties and interest on her conviction of federal income tax evasion, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Senior United States District Judge Gustave Diamond imposed the sentence on Jeanean C. Smith.

According to information presented to the court, as owner of Jioio's Restaurants in Latrobe and North Huntingdon, Smith engaged in the practice of "skimming" cash from restaurant sales, resulting in a total tax loss of $438,661 from the filing of false personal, corporate and payroll tax returns during the years 2006-2009.

Prior to imposing sentence, Judge Diamond stated that defendant's personal circumstances and the need to run her business in order to repay the IRS outweighed any need for a Sentencing Guidelines sentence of imprisonment.

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 Smith.

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