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

Monday, March 10, 2014

Attorney Admits Underreporting Income On Tax Returns

PITTSBURGH - A Pittsburgh man pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of filing false tax returns on April 14, 2008, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Zenford A. Mitchell, pleaded guilty to two counts before United States District Judge Donetta W. Ambrose.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that Mitchell filed false tax returns on April 14, 2008, for calendar year 2006 and for 2007, by deliberately underreporting his income from his law practice and from withdrawals from his individual retirement account.

Judge Ambrose scheduled to sentencing for June 30, 2014. The law provides for a maximum total sentence of three years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both for each count of conviction. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

The Internal Revenue Service conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Zenford A. Mitchell.

Updated July 14, 2015