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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Auburn, New York - Man pled guilty to filing a false personal income tax return in tax year 2007.

United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian announced today that Bradley S. Leader, 42, of Auburn, New York, pled guilty to filing a false personal income tax return in tax year 2007.

Leader is a chiropractor who has worked at Leader Chiropractic, a chiropractic center located in Auburn, New York. From 2005-2009, he realized income in the approximate amount of $225,000 over and above the income he reported on his personal tax returns. This was accomplished by Leader not providing all pertinent information to his tax preparer; specifically he did not disclose to his tax preparer or identify on his tax returns additional gross receipts information (personal checks received from patients and certain insurance company checks). In his plea agreement, Leader admitted he failed to include $55,513.87 as income on his 2005 personal federal tax return, $38,412.83 as income on his 2006 personal federal tax return, $47.435.90 as income on his 2007 personal federal tax return, $43,130.86 as income on his 2008 personal federal tax return, and $42,036.00 as income on his 2009 personal federal tax return. Leader knew the returns he filed each year were false because each substantially under reported his income for that year. As a result, Leader owes more than $68,000 in back taxes for the years 2005-2009.

United States District Judge David N. Hurd scheduled sentencing for September 27, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. in Utica. Leader faces a maximum term of imprisonment of three years and a fine of $100,000. In addition, the defendant will be required to pay all back taxes due and owing for the tax years 2005-2009.

The case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigations. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen C. Green.

Updated January 29, 2015