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Former Auburn business owner pleads guilty to tax fraud

By Adam Rombel


AUBURN, N.Y. — A former Auburn business owner pleaded guilty Friday in federal court in Syracuse to filing a false tax return, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced.

As alleged in court documents, Timothy Blackman, 48, was a self-employed contractor providing construction and remodeling services to customers. From 2007-2010, Blackman failed to file income-tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and failed to pay income taxes.

After learning of an IRS criminal investigation in June 2010 concerning his income taxes, Blackman filed his 2007 individual income-tax return late, and willfully falsified that return by understating his true business receipts and total income from his construction and remodeling business, according to a DOJ news release. Blackman previously pleaded guilty to felony tax evasion in the Northern District of New York on March 19, 2004, for which he received a jail sentence of 15 months.

Senior U.S. District Court Judge Norman A. Mordue scheduled sentencing of Blackman — on the current charge to which he pleaded guilty — for Feb. 17, 2020. The charge carries a maximum sentence of three years in prison, one year of supervised release, and a fine of up to $250,000, per the DOJ release.

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