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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Washington, DC Man Charged with Aiding Others File False W-2 Forms

PITTSBURGH, PA - A resident of Washington, DC, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on a charge of aiding in the filing of false tax returns, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady, announced today.

The 13-count indictment, returned on March 27, 2018, named Jaason J. Weatherly, as the sole defendant.

According to the indictment, Weatherly, filed false tax returns in 2012 and 2013 for other persons, which contained false W-2 forms, income and withholding information.

The law provides for a total sentence of 39 years in prison, a fine of $3,250,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Gregory C. Melucci is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigations 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.

Topic(s): 
Tax
Updated June 19, 2018