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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Pennsylvania

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, July 7, 2016

Former Cumberland County Attorney Pleaded Guilty To Income Tax Evasion

HARRISBURG - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Karl E. Rominger, age 43, a former attorney in Carlisle, plead guilty today before United States District Court Judge Sylvia H. Rambo in Harrisburg to tax evasion and failure to file a federal tax return. Rominger was previously charged in June 2016.

According to United States Attorney Peter Smith, in 2012, Rominger attempted to evade federal income taxes due and owing for the calendar years 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010, all years in which Rominger received taxable income. Rominger made false statements to agents of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) concerning the location of his business operating accounts, with the intent to evade and defeat the actions of the IRS.  Rominger also failed to file a federal income tax return for the calendar year 2012.

Pursuant to a plea agreement, Rominger agreed to pay restitution in the amount of $116,822.

The charges stem from an investigation by the Internal Revenue Service.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Joseph J. Terz.

A sentence following a finding of guilt is imposed by the Judge after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

The maximum penalty under federal law is six years of imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a $125,000 fine. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the Judge is also required to consider and weigh a number of factors, including the nature, circumstances and seriousness of the offense; the history and characteristics of the defendant; and the need to punish the defendant, protect the public and provide for the defendant's educational, vocational and medical needs. For these reasons, the statutory maximum penalty for the offense is not an accurate indicator of the potential sentence for a specific defendant.

 

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Topic(s): 
Tax
Updated July 7, 2016