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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Victor Man Sentenced For Failing To File Tax Returns

CONTACT: Barbara Burns
PHONE: (716) 843-5817
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ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Christopher Wheeler, 47, of Victor, NY, who was convicted of willfully failing to file tax returns for 2007, 2008 and 2009, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge David G. Larimer to 10 months in prison, and ordered to pay a fine of $7,500. The defendant has paid restitution, penalties and interest to the Internal Revenue Service.

Assistant U.S. Attorney John J. Field, who handled the matter, stated that Wheeler had gross income of approximately $4.6 million in 2007, $5.6 million in 2008, and $1.6 million in 2009, but failed to file timely tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service to report this income.  After search warrants were executed at his residence by the IRS, the defendant filed income tax returns for 2007, 2008 and 2009, and paid all taxes due and owing.

The sentencing is the culmination of an investigation by the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division, under the direction of Shantelle P. Kitchen, Acting Special Agent in Charge, New York Field Office.

Updated November 20, 2014