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Businessman pleads guilty to tax charge

May 28, 1997

BALTIMORE - A Williamsport businessman pleaded guilty Wednesday to making a false statement to the Internal Revenue Service, Justice Department officials said.

Jack Phillip Murray II, who owns a gun store, convenience store and service station at 105 Sunset Lane, will be sentenced Aug. 7. He faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Murray, 32, pleaded guilty to falsely representing to an IRS agent that an employer tax return had been filed, according to to U.S. Attorney Lynne A. Battaglia.

Murray and the IRS entered into an agreement that required Murray to file quarterly tax returns in order clear up a tax delinquency, officials said.

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When questioned about filing the Form 941 for the September 1991 quarter, Murray falsely maintained that the return had been filed and presented a fake copy of the return, officials said.

The IRS had no record of the tax return, officials said. Murray also sent a letter to the IRS attaching false deposit receipts in an effort to convince the IRS that the taxes had been deposited in the Washington County National Bank, officials said.

The bank, however, said it had no record of the deposits. The total tax due for the September 1991 quarter was $5,004.73, officials said.

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