Refuse Company Co-Owner Sentenced to Prison for Filing False Income Tax Returns that Underreported Business Income

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PITTSBURGH, PA — A resident of West Alexander, Pennsylvania, was sentenced this week in federal court in Pittsburgh to 6 months imprisonment and one-year supervised release on her conviction of filing a false income tax return, United States Attorney Cindy K. Chung announced.

United States District Judge Marilyn J. Horan imposed the sentence on Tina L. Beck, age 53, of West Alexander, Pennsylvania.

According to information presented to the court, Beck filed federal income tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for the calendar years 2014, 2015, 2017, and 2018, on which she willfully underreported gross receipts by more than $980,000 from the operation of the garbage collection business she jointly operated with her husband known as “Beck’s Refuse Service”. In February 2022, Beck pleaded guilty to filing a false income tax return for 2018 on which she underreported business income resulting in a tax loss to the IRS of more than $50,000. She further accepted responsibility for tax losses incurred by the IRS in 2014, 2015, and 2017, totaling more than $232,000.

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Judge Horan ordered Beck, following imprisonment, to serve the first six months of supervised release in home detention with electronic monitoring and to pay restitution to the IRS in the amount of $252,034.08.

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

United States Attorney Chung commended the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Beck.

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