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Mequon Woman Charged in Federal Court with Income Tax Evasion and Identity Theft

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 27, 2012

James L. Santelle, the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin,announced that Leah M. Kuchta (age: 42) of Mequon, Wisconsin, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Milwaukee. The indictment charges Ms. Kuchta with 1 count of income tax evasion, in violation of Title 26, United States Code § 7201; 3 counts of making a false claim on the government, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, § 287; and 2 counts of identity theft, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, § 1028(a)(7). Ms. Kuchta appeared in court on August 24, 2012 for arraignment before Magistrate Judge William E. Callahan, Jr., and entered a plea of not guilty. A status conference has been scheduled before Magistrate Judge Nancy Joseph on September 17, 2012, at 2:00 PM.

The indictment alleges that Ms. Kuchta failed to pay 2005 federal income tax due which totaled $234,836, and in 2008 she made false claims for refunds totaling over $89,000. Each of the evasion and false claims counts subjects Ms. Kuchta to a maximum possible fine of not more than $250,000, imprisonment for not more than five years, or both, plus a mandatory $100 special assessment and up to three years of supervised release. On the identity theft counts she faces a maximum possible fine of not more than $250,000, imprisonment for not more than 15 years, or both, plus a mandatory $100 special assessment and up to three years of supervised release.

This case has been investigated by the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation. It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Paul L. Kanter.

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.


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