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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Indiana

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Former St. John Husband And Wife Each Sentenced To 36 Months’ Imprisonment

Each Ordered To Pay $50,000 Fine

HAMMOND – United States Attorney for the Northern District of Indiana, David A. Capp, announced that Barbara Gasich, 54, and George Gasich, 55, formerly of St. John, Indiana and now residing in Lakewood Ranch, Florida, were sentenced in Hammond Federal Court before Chief Judge Philip Simon for making false claims with the federal government.   

Barbara Gasich was sentenced to 36 months’ imprisonment and fined $50,000. 

George Gasich was sentenced to 36 months’ imprisonment and fined $50,000. 

According to court filings, the Gasichs’ had a 20-year dispute with the IRS which included filing false tax returns and numerous false documents seeking large refunds.  At the sentencing hearing, an IRS agent testified that the Gasichs had earned more than $ 3 million since 2000, but had only voluntarily paid $7,458 in federal income tax.  The Gasichs owe more than $1.28 million dollars in outstanding tax, interest and penalties.            

This case was investigated by the United States Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division. This case was handled by Assistant United States Attorneys Gary Bell and Nathaniel Whalen.                   

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Updated August 9, 2016