Hazleton Tax Preparer Sentenced To 24 Months’ Imprisonment For Preparing & Filing Hundreds Of False Tax Returns Claiming Over $800,000.00 Of False Education Credits
SCRANTON- The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that James Famularo, age 61, of Swiftwater, Pennsylvania, was charged in a criminal information with tax evasion.
According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, the information alleges that Famularo failed to report a total of $646,663.40 in income between tax years 2012 ($197,611.60), 2013 ($153,745.10), 2014 ($145,510.20), and 2015 ($149,796.50). Famularo, who was then a resident of Pocono Summit, Pennsylvania, allegedly filed false Form 1040 Individual Income Tax Returns for each of those tax years.
The case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigations Division. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Phillip J. Caraballo.
Criminal Informations are only allegations. All persons charged are presumed to be innocent unless and until found guilty in court.
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 for this offense is five years of imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a 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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