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

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Bridgeport Business Owner Admits To Filing False Tax Return

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CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA - A 46-year old Bridgeport, West Virginia, resident pleaded guilty to the filing a false tax return when he appeared in United States District Court in Clarksburg last week.

United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced that JOHN R. MAZZA entered a plea of guilty to an Information charging him with “Filing a False Form 941 Tax Return.” By pleading guilty to the charge MAZZA admitted that in 2009 he failed to make
$18,195.51 in payroll tax deposits despite what had been indicated on the 941 Tax Return filed with the Internal Revenue Service by MAZZA.

MAZZA, who conducted his business under the name of “Financial Healthcare Management” in Bridgeport, stipulated in his plea agreement that the total amount of taxes that he has failed to pay to the federal government since 2004 equals $316,518.40.

MAZZA, who is free on bond pending sentencing, faces up to three years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Randolph J. Bernard and was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation Division.

Updated January 7, 2015