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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, October 27, 2014

Berkeley County Couple Charged With Tax Evasion


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MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – A Falling Waters, West Virginia couple was charged with failing to pay nearly $120,000.00 in federal income taxes, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced today.

In a ten-count information filed today, Frank J. Picone, 48, and Toni A. Picone, 43, were each charged with five counts of “Failure to File a Personal Income Tax Return.” An Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation inquiry revealed that the couple failed to file personal income tax returns for tax years 2008 through 2012.

The defendants, who own Rocky’s New York Pizza in Hagerstown, Maryland, each face up to one year in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.00 on each count. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendants.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert McWilliams, Jr. is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government.

An information is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Updated January 7, 2015