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Schuylkill County Woman Conspired to File False Income Tax Returns Requesting $210K in Refunds

October 7, 2013

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. - A resident of Mahanoy City, Pa., pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of conspiracy to defraud the government, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Kimberly Lynn Snyder, 37, pleaded guilty to one count before United States District Judge Kim R. Gibson.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that from April 2008 to October 2010 Snyder conspired to file 72 false and fictitious income tax returns claiming tax refunds totaling $210,581.

Judge Gibson scheduled sentencing for Feb. 25, 2014, at 10 a.m. The law provides for a total sentence of 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offense and the criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Pending sentencing, the court continued Snyder on bond.

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 that led to the prosecution of Snyder.

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