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Adams County Man Sentenced To 15 Months Imprisonment For Submitting False Tax Refund Claims To IRS

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that Mitchell Orewiler, age 34, of Adams County, was sentenced yesterday in U.S. District Court in Harrisburg to 15 months’ imprisonment by United States District Court Judge Sylvia H. Rambo for filing false claims with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) relating to refunds.

According to United States Attorney Peter Smith, in April 2009, Orewiler filed an amended 2006 and 2007 Federal Income Tax return and a 2008 Federal Income Tax return.  Based on false 1099 forms, Orewiler attached to these three returns, Orewiler made a claim to a refund amount of approximately $506,000.  As a result, he received approximately $324,000 from the IRS to which he was not entitled.  In addition to the prison term, Judge Rambo ordered Orewiler to pay restitution in the amount of $324,000.

Orewiler was indicted by a federal grand jury in March 2014, as a result of an investigation by the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation.  He pleaded guilty to the charges in April 2015.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph J. Terz.


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Updated July 31, 2015