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2015-02-26 / Local News

Nurse practitioner pleads guilty to tax evasion

Scott Leuthe, 43, of West Seneca, has pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Richard Arcara to tax evasion.

According to U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr., the charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney MaryEllen Kresse, who is handling the case, said that between 2008 and 2011, Leuthe worked as a nurse practitioner for two diagnostic imaging businesses in Western New York.

Leuthe was paid as an independent contractor by both businesses but failed to report any of the income he received from one of the companies while claiming all the expenses he incurred in the performance of his duties there, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

His unreported income during this four-year period was in excess of $400,000.

As a result, the defendant failed to pay approximately $134,000 in income taxes, according to authorities.

The plea is the culmination of an investigation on the part of special agents of the Internal Revenue Service, under the direction of Special Agent-In-Charge Shantelle Kitchen.

Sentencing is scheduled for 1 p.m. Monday, April 20, before Judge Richard Arcara of the Western District of New York.

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