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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, January 15, 2015

Snyder Dentist Indicted On Tax Charges

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


BUFFALO, N.Y. -- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that a federal grand jury has returned an indictment charging Charles Weber, 59, of Snyder, NY, with making and subscribing a false tax return. The charges carry a maximum penalty of three years in prison, a fine of $250,000 or both.

Assistant U.S. Attorney MaryEllen Kresse, who is handling the case, stated that Weber is a dentist with a private practice in Williamsville, NY. In April 2009, the defendant filed tax returns for 2006 and 2007, falsely claiming that he was not a United States citizen and had not been present in the United States at any time during 2006 or 2007. Weber also falsely stated that his only taxable income in 2006 and 2007 came from dividends, failing to disclose that he had been engaged in the operation of his dental practice during those years and as a result received reportable income. The defendant signed the tax returns under the penalties of perjury.

Weber was arraigned before U.S. Magistrate Judge Hugh B. Scott.

The indictment is the culmination of an investigation on the part of Special Agents of the Internal Revenue Service, under the direction Special Agent-in-Charge Shantelle P. Kitchen.

The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Updated January 20, 2015