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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, March 6, 2015

Toledo Man Charged with Filing False Tax Returns

An indictment was filed charging John J. Manore, III, 58, of Toledo, with filing false tax returns, said Steven M. Dettelbach, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, and  Troy Stemen, Acting Special Agent in Charge, IRS Criminal Investigation, Cincinnati Field Office

“With the April 15th tax deadline looming, it is important for the public to have confidence that when they pay their taxes, their neighbors and competitors will do the same,” Stemen said.  “Filing false and fraudulent federal tax returns to avoid paying taxes is a crime and one that defrauds our government.  This practice is unfair to honest taxpayers who willingly pay their fair share of taxes.”

If convicted, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the Court after reviewing factors unique to this case, including the defendant’s prior criminal record, if any, the defendant’s role in the offense and the characteristics of the violation.  In all cases the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and in most cases it will be less than the maximum.

The investigating agency in this case is the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigations, Toledo, Ohio.  The case is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney Gene Crawford.

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt.  Defendants are entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

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Updated March 16, 2015