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

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Indictment Unsealed Against Former Cranberry Twp. Man Considered to be a Fugitive

PITTSBURGH - A former resident of Cranberry Twp, Pa., has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of tax violations, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

The 17-count indictment, returned on Oct. 14, 2014 and unsealed on June 24, 2016, named Valeriy Vahil as the sole defendant. Vahil is a fugitive.

According to the 17-count indictment presented to the court, Vahil, between April 2009 and October 2012, failed to collect and pay over to the IRS quarterly federal income tax and F.I.C.A. (Social Security) taxes for wages of employees of his company, Absolut Service Company, a contract labor company operated out of his Cranberry Twp. residence. Vahil also filed a false quarterly Employer’s Federal tax return and assisted his return preparer in filing a false quarterly Employer’s Federal tax return.

Anyone with information regarding Vahil’s whereabouts is asked to call IRS-CI Special Agent Kevin Petrulak at 412-404-9555.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 81 years in prison, a fine of $4,250,000 or both. 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.

Assistant United States Attorney Mary McKeen Houghton is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation Division, assisted by the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Labor-Office of Attorney General, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.

An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Updated July 1, 2016