tax collector sentenced for stealing tax payments and filing false tax returns | USAO-WDPA

PITTSBURGH, PA – A Beaver County resident has been sentenced in federal court to 12 months and a day in jail followed by three years of supervised release for her conviction for wire fraud and filing false tax returns, the state announced. American attorney Cindy K. Chung 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 tax collector for Center Township, Beaver, Pennsylvania and also collected taxes for the Central Valley School District. From approximately December 2011 to approximately August 2019, Bowser embezzled a total of approximately $1,028,183.81 in township and school district tax payments. She embezzled the funds by writing checks to herself in a bank account used for tax deposits and stealing cash tax payments. In addition to the embezzlement, the court was also told that Bowser had filed false tax returns over 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