President of Pennsylvania Mineral Processing Company Sentenced for Filing False Income Tax Return

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PITTSBURGH, PA — The president of a Pittsburgh-area mineral company has been sentenced in federal court to 3 years of probation and ordered to pay $222,255.35 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and a fine of $55,000 on his conviction for filing a false income tax return.

United States District Judge Arthur Schwab imposed the sentence Thursday on Paul J. Austin, age 60, of Pittsburgh, PA as the sole defendant.

Previously, in connection with his guilty plea, the court was advised that from 2012 through 2017, the defendant was the President of J.P. Austin Associates, Inc., a mineral processing company in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania. For calendar years 2012 through 2017, the defendant and his spouse, who served as the company’s Treasurer, jointly filed annual Form 1040 federal income tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service.

The defendant admitted in Court that during the relevant time period, payments were made from company accounts for college expenses, which were falsely categorized as business expenses using fictitious vendor names. The return preparer for Mr. Austin and his spouse was not informed about these college expense payments, and the payments were not included as taxable income on Form 1040 returns that were ultimately filed with the IRS. Thus, the defendant willfully made and subscribed Form 1040 returns for calendar years 2012 through 2017 that materially underreported his taxable income. Prior to sentencing, the defendant paid the $222,255.35 in restitution owed to the IRS.

Assistant United States Attorney David Lew prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

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The Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation conducted the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Austin.

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