ERIE, Pa. – A resident of Smethport, Pennsylvania has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Erie on charges of violating federal tax laws, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.
The three-count Indictment named Brian L. Gustafson as the sole defendant.
According to the Indictment presented to the court, when the IRS sought to bring Gustafson into compliance with his filing and payment requirements, Gustafson engaged in several acts of evasion: 1) he closed a bank account known to the IRS and replaced it with an undisclosed account; 2) he failed to disclose personal and corporate bank accounts to the IRS on Form 433-A; 3) upon discovery of the undisclosed account, he lied to an IRS revenue agent about his use of the account, and; 4) he withdrew significant cash from the undisclosed account.
The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 11 years in prison, a fine of $750,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.
Assistant United States Attorney Christian A. Trabold is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.
The Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division conducted the investigation leading to the Indictment in this case.
An Indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.