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Beaver County man convicted of tax evasion for failing to file returns on disability income

| Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, 5:56 p.m.

A federal jury on Friday convicted a Big Beaver man on four counts of tax evasion and three counts of failing to file tax returns on his disability income.

Thomas D. Tuka, 63, a former U.S. Airways pilot and part-time Beaver County deputy, was suspended from his deputy position after he was indicted in 2011. His current status wasn't available.

Tuka sued the Internal Revenue Service in 2003 claiming that the disability payments weren't taxable. He lost that case but still failed to file taxes on more than $480,000 of disability income between 2003 and 2008, prosecutors say.

U.S. District Judge Terrence McVerry scheduled Tuka's sentencing for May 24.

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