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Washington County Woman Admits Filing False Federal Income Tax Returns for Business She Co-Owns

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

PITTSBURGH - A resident of West Alexander, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of filing a false income tax return, United States Attorney Cindy K. Chung announced today.

Tina L. Beck pleaded guilty to one count before United States District Judge Marilyn J. Horan.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that Beck filed federal income tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service for the calendar years 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018, on which she willfully underreported gross receipts from the operation of the business she jointly owned with her husband known as “Beck’s Refuse Service”. Beck acknowledged underreporting receipts in excess of $986,000, resulting in a tax loss to the Internal Revenue Service of more than $232,000.

Judge Horan scheduled sentencing for June 21, 2022, at 9:00 a.m. The law provides for a total sentence of not more than three years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Pending sentencing, the court continued bond.

Assistant United States Attorney Carolyn J. Bloch is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Beck.

Updated February 10, 2022