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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Pennsylvania

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, October 10, 2014

Northampton County Doctor And Son Charged With Tax Fraud

PHILADELPHIA - Francis J. Cinelli, Sr., M.D., 87, and Francis J. Cinelli, Jr.,49, of Wind Gap, PA were each charged separately, by information,  with one count of tax fraud stemming from false tax returns filed by Cinelli Jr., announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger.

​Cinelli Jr. is charged with filing a false tax return, stemming from his alleged filing of a 2007 false tax return with the IRS on which he failed to declare approximately $163,000 in income he had earned during that year.  

Cinelli Sr. is charged with aiding and abetting Cinelli Jr.’s filing of a false tax return. According to the information, Cinelli Jr. filed a 2008 false tax return with the IRS on which Cinelli Jr. failed to declare approximately $109,000 in income that Cinelli Sr. had paid to Cinelli Jr. during that year.

Each of the defendants faces a maximum sentence of three years in prison, a one year term of supervised release, a $100,000 fine, and a $100 special assessment.

The cases were investigated by the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division and the Federal Bureau of Investigation and are being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michael S. Lowe.

An Indictment or Information is an accusation.  A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Click here to view the information for Cinelli, Sr.

Click here to view the information for Cinelli, Jr.

UNITED STATES ATTORNEY'S OFFICE, EASTERN DISTRICTof PENNSYLVANIA
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Updated December 15, 2014