Ridley Township tax collector sentenced to one year for tax evasion | USAO-EDPA

PHILADELPHIA — U.S. Attorney Jennifer Arbittier Williams announced that Rosezanna Czwalina, 70, of Morton, PA, was sentenced to one year in prison, one year of supervised release and was ordered to pay $112,846 in restitution by the United States District Court Judge Paul S Diamond for committing tax evasion.

In June 2021, the defendant pleaded guilty to five counts of filing materially false tax returns as part of its efforts to avoid paying its duly owed tax obligations. Czwalina, who had been the elected tax collector and treasurer of Ridley Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania from 2009 until her resignation in 2021, was allowed to retain, in addition to her income, fees paid for tax certifications and generation of duplicate tax invoices. . However, the defendant did not report these withheld fees as income on its federal tax returns for the years 2014 through 2018.

“The US tax system provides essential government services to our people,” said US Attorney Williams. “Every time someone cheats the tax system, the burden of providing vital services increases for taxpayers who pay their fair share. As an elected official responsible for collecting taxes and managing public funds, this defendant knew her obligations and deliberately chose to ignore them.

“As the township’s tax collector, Czwalina was well aware of the importance of tax revenue to the proper functioning of government,” said Jacqueline Maguire, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Philadelphia division. “And yet, for years, she knowingly bypassed the federal system and its taxpayers by failing to report her true income. Elected officials must be held to the highest ethical standards and when their actions turn criminal, the FBI and our partners will not hesitate to investigate and hold them duly accountable.

“Honest taxpayers are fed up with Czwalina, who willfully ignored his legal obligation to pay his fair share of taxes year after year,” IRS Criminal Investigations Special Agent Yury Kruty said. “We hope the sentence she received will deter potential tax evaders.”

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Internal Revenue Service and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney KT Newton.

Esther L. Steinbach