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

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Lackawanna County Man Sentenced For His Role In Tax Fraud

     The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that Walter J. Pietralczyk, Jr., age 40, Jermyn, Pennsylvania was sentenced yesterday in federal court for his role in a tax fraud while also involved his wife, Lackawanna County Attorney, Danielle Ross.  U.S. Magistrate Judge, Thomas M. Blewitt, sentenced Pietralczyk to a two year term of probation and ordered him to pay restitution in the amount of $63,124.

     According to United States Attorney Peter Smith, a criminal information was filed on November 5, 2013 which charged Pietralczyk with one count of preparing and filing a fraudulent joint tax return on behalf of himself and his wife, Danielle Ross.  The information charges that Pietralczyk knew that the tax return, Form 1040, was fraudulent and false as to a material matter in that the income reflected was substantially less than the couple’s actual joint income for the calendar year 2009. The restitution ordered reflects the tax loss for the calendar years 2008 through 2010.

     The prosecution is the result of a joint investigation by the United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).  The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michelle Olshefski.

Updated April 17, 2015