Collector Convicted of Stealing Tax Payments and Filing False Tax Returns | USAO-WDPA

PITTSBURGH, PA – A Beaver County resident was sentenced in federal court to 12 months and a day in jail followed by three years of supervised release on his wire fraud conviction and filing false tax returns, USA attorney Cindy K. Chung announced today.

United States District Judge Robert J. Colville imposed the sentence on Jeanne Bowser, 63, of Aliquippa, PA.

According to information presented to the court, Bowser was the elected publican for Center Township, Beaver, Pennsylvania and also collected taxes for the Central Valley School District. From approximately December 2011 through approximately August 2019, Bowser embezzled a total of approximately $1,028,183.81 in tax payments from both the township and the school district. She embezzled the funds by writing checks out of a bank account that was used for tax deposits and stealing cash tax payments. In addition to the embezzlement, the court also said that Bowser filed false income tax returns for a period of six years.

Assistant United States Attorney Lee J. Karl prosecuted the case on behalf of the government.

United States Attorney Chung commended the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation, for the investigation that led to Bowser’s successful prosecution.

Esther L. Steinbach