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Ohio Couple Sentenced For Tax Evasion

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 that owners of a cemetery business in Pennsylvania and Ohio were sentenced October 18, 2016 by United States District Court Judge John E. Jones, III in Harrisburg for tax evasion charges.

Judge Jones sentenced both Theodore Martin, age 51, and his wife, Arminda Martin, age 44, both of Ravenna, Ohio (formerly of York County, Pennsylvania), to one year and one day in federal prison.  Judge Jones also ordered the Martins to pay the Internal Revenue Service restitution in the amount of $304,837.

According to United States Attorney Bruce D. Brandler, Theodore and Arminda Martin operated three cemeteries, including Suburban Memorial Gardens in Dover, Pennsylvania, and Grandview Memorial Park and Fairview Memorial Park in Ohio.  The Martins failed to report to the Internal Revenue Service $786,533 they received from the operations of the cemeteries located in Ohio during the years 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.

The investigation was conducted by the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigations and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph J. Terz.


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Updated October 19, 2016