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Westchester Accountant Sentenced To Prison For $23 Million Tax Fraud Scheme

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A Westchester County accountant is facing prison time after pleading guilty to a $23 million dollar tax fraud scheme.

Joseph Cervone of White Plains was sentenced to 22 months in prison on Wednesday, Joon H. Kim, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced.

The 64-year-old Cervone had pleaded guilty on March 29 to one count of endeavoring to obstruct and impede the due administration of the internal revenue laws and one count of subscribing to false tax returns before U.S. District Judge Nelson S. Román, who imposed Wednesday's sentence.

According to the Information previously filed in White Plains Federal Court and court proceedings:

From 2009 through 2012, Cervone, a certified public accountant with an office in White Plains, obstructed and impeded the IRS by filing false tax returns claiming more than $23 million of energy and coal credits on behalf of his clients in order to obtain tax refunds.

In addition, Cervone also filed false tax returns for the tax years 2010 and 2011 that failed to report income relating to personal expenses paid on behalf of Cervone from funds obtained as a result of his clients’ false tax returns.

In addition to the prison term, Cervone was sentenced to one year of supervised release and a $15,000 fine.

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