Pennsylvania Man Sentenced for Evading Over $2.6 Million in Taxes

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PITTSBURGH, PA — Eli M. Zatezalo, a 52-year-old resident of Gibsonia, has been sentenced to two years in federal prison for tax evasion. Following his incarceration, Zatezalo will undergo three years of supervised release and is mandated to pay restitution amounting to $2,613,933.92 to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The announcement was made by United States Attorney Eric G. Olshan on Thursday, April 11, 2024.

United States Senior District Judge David S. Cercone delivered the sentence after reviewing the case details, which revealed Zatezalo’s deliberate efforts to dodge paying taxes owed to the IRS. From October 2009 to January 2022, Zatezalo employed a strategy of transferring his income into the financial accounts of others, effectively shielding his assets from IRS collection activities.

The prosecution of this case was led by Assistant United States Attorney Gregory C. Melucci, who presented the evidence of Zatezalo’s evasion tactics to the court. This sentencing marks the culmination of an extensive investigation by the IRS, aimed at holding individuals accountable for circumventing their tax obligations.

United States Attorney Olshan praised the IRS for its diligent work in bringing Zatezalo to justice, highlighting the importance of collaboration between law enforcement agencies in tackling financial crimes.

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