According to the Department of Justice

Town of Binghamton Woman Faces 3 Years in Prison

By Suzanne Proulx

Town of Binghamton Woman Faces 3 Years in Prison

August 1, 2012 Updated Aug 1, 2012 at 3:46 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) A Town of Binghamton woman could face up to three years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000, after pleading guilty to filing a false tax return.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice: U.S. Attorney Richard S. Hartunian, Northern District of New York

Richard S. Hartunian, United States Attorney, Northern District of New York, announced today that Town of Binghamton, Broome County, New York, resident Jacqueline MacBlane pleaded guilty before Senior U.S. District Judge Thomas J. McAvoy to an Information charging her with Subscribing to a False Individual U.S. Income Tax Return. The conduct relates to a tax return she signed in May 2008 for the 2007 tax year. The defendant faces a statutory maximum sentence of three years imprisonment and a fine of up to $250,000.00. Sentencing has been scheduled for November 28, 2012, in Federal Court in Binghamton, New York.

The Information charges that the defendant willfully subscribed to a joint U.S. Individual Form 1040 Tax Return, for tax year 2007, which tax return she did not believe to be true and correct as to every material matter, in that it substantially and materially understated the adjusted gross income and taxable income on the return. During the time period of the conduct charged in the Information, the defendant’s husband owned two bars - the Brackney Inn, in Susquehanna County, Pa., and Charley’s Tavern, in Broome County, New York. The defendant managed and operated the Brackney Inn, and her husband managed and operated Charley’s Tavern.

During the tax years 2006 and 2007, the defendant and her husband filed their Individual U.S. Income Tax Returns using the filing status of “married filing jointly.” Both the defendant and her husband signed the returns each year. The guilty plea by the defendant was accepted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in satisfaction of all criminal liability of the defendant and her husband in connection with the investigation conducted by the Internal Revenue Service.

The defendant admitted by her plea that for the tax year 2007, she knowingly and willfully subscribed to false statements on her federal income tax return by under reporting taxable income. As part of the plea agreement, the defendant acknowledged that she also under
reported taxable income for the tax year 2006, and agreed to pay the full amount of tax owed to the federal government for both tax years. At least $118,248.00 in taxable income for the tax year 2006 was not reported and at least $150,875.00 in taxable income for the tax year 2007 was not reported. The failure to report that taxable income led to an additional federal tax owing of $31,301.00 and $47,428.00, respectively, totaling $78,729.00. This figure does not include penalties and interest that may be assessed by the IRS, or taxes due and owing to New York State and the state of Pennsylvania.

The indictment resulted from an investigation conducted by the Internal Revenue Service. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kevin P. Dooley of the Binghamton office. Inquiries can be directed to AUSA Dooley at (607) 773-2887.