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Mercer County man fined for false tax returns

Chuck Biedka
| Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018, 10:57 p.m.

The owner of a Mercer County painting company was finied and sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Pittsburgh for filing four false income tax returns.

Daniel A. Spatara was sentenced to two years of probation, a $5,000 fine and 500 hours of community service, U.S. Attorney Scott W. Brady said.

U.S. District Judge Nora Barry Fischer imposed sentence on Spatara.

Prosecutors said Spatara willfully submitted a false 2012 1040 tax return. He also accepted responsibility for also filing false tax returns for years 2010, 2011 and 2013. He failed to file gross receipts of almost $50,000.

Spatara was the sole owner of Spatara Painting.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary McKeen Houghton prosecuted the case on behalf of the government.

The Internal Revenue Service investigated the case Spatara.

Chuck Biedka is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Chuck at 724-226-4711, cbiedka@tribweb.com or via Twitter @ChuckBiedka.

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