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Williamsport Resident Sentenced To 70 Months On Federal Tax Charges

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

     The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that Cheryl Cobia, age 27, of Williamsport, Pennsylvania was sentenced to 70 months’ imprisonment by U.S. District Court Judge Matthew W. Brann on July 9, 2013, in U.S. District Court in Williamsport.

     Cobia pleaded guilty earlier this year to charges of conspiracy and false statements in connection with a scheme to file false federal income tax returns in 2009-2011. Cobia was also charged with making false statements in applications for food stamps and medical assistance benefits.

     Cobia and a co-conspirator used computers to create and file false tax returns seeking refunds totaling more than $1 million.

     The investigation was conducted by the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Office of Inspector General Department of Health and Human Services. Assistant United States Attorney Wayne P. Samuelson prosecuted the case.


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Updated April 9, 2015