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January 29, 2007



Boston, MA... A Groton resident was charged today in federal court with three counts of subscribing to a false federal income tax return.

United States Attorney Michael J. Sullivan and Douglas A. Bricker, Special Agent In Charge of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation, announced today that JOSEPH K. BERARDI, age 50, of Groton, was charged in a criminal information with three counts of willfully subscribing to false individual income tax returns.

The information alleges that for the tax years 1997, 1998 and 1999, BERARDI filed false income tax returns. It is alleged that the tax returns were false because they failed to report substantial amounts of income which BERARDI received from S. Strogoff & Co. from the sale of scrap metal.

If convicted, BERARDI faces up to 3 years in prison, to be followed by 1 year of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine.

The case was investigated by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Peter A. Mullin in Sullivan’s Economic Crimes Unit.

The details contained in the information are allegations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Press Contact: Samantha Martin, (617) 748-3139