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Lewiston Man Pleads Guilty To Tax Charge

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of New York

CONTACT:      Barbara Burns
PHONE:         (716) 843-5817
FAX:            (716) 551-3051

BUFFALO, N.Y.-U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. announced today that Jon DiBernardo, 51, of Lewiston, NY, who was convicted of tax evasion, was sentenced to three years probation by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara.

Assistant U.S. Attorney MaryEllen Kresse, who handling the case, stated that the defendant was the owner of Water Street Landing, a restaurant in Lewiston, NY. Between 2006 and 2009, DiBernardo submitted tax returns to the Internal Revenue Service understating business revenues thereby evading payment of income tax. In addition, the defendant paid employees off the books and as a result failed to pay employment taxes. 

DiBernardo failed to report a total of $419,221 in taxable income resulting in a loss of $111,377 to the IRS. In addition, the defendant failed to report $285,705 in employee wages resulting in a loss of $43,712 to the IRS.

The sentencing is the culmination of an investigation by Special Agents of the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division, under the direction of Special Agent-In-Charge Shantelle P. Kitchen.

Updated March 28, 2016