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Jury Convicts Joseph E. Armstrong Of Filing A False Tax Return

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Tennessee
Convicted of a felony, Armstrong faces up to three years in federal prison

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Following a four-day trial in U.S. District Court, Knoxville, Tenn., on Aug. 8, 2016, a jury convicted Joseph E. Armstrong, 59, of Knoxville, Tenn., of filing a false tax return.

Sentencing is set for 10:00 a.m., on Nov. 30, 2016, in U.S. District Court in Knoxville, Tenn.  Armstrong faces a possible sentence of up three years in prison, a term of supervised release of not more than one year, a fine of up to $250,000, a special assessment of $100, and restitution.

According to evidence presented at trial Mr. Armstrong filed his federal income tax returns for the year 2008 and failed to disclose in those returns that he engaged in an investment activity from which he derived over $300,000 in income.  Although Armstrong knew that he was required by law to disclose the income of this investment activity, he willfully failed to do so.

Law enforcement agencies participating in the joint investigation which led to indictment and subsequent conviction of Armstrong included the IRS-Criminal Investigation Division and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys Charles E. Atchley, Jr. and Frank M. Dale, Jr. represented the United States.


Updated August 10, 2016