Date: March 8, 2021 Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org SCRANTON — The United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that on March 5, 2021, United States Judge Malachy E. Mannion sentenced Christopher Jones of Old Forge, Pennsylvania, to three years of probation for tax evasion. According to Acting United States Attorney Bruce D. Brandler, Jones failed to report over $500,000 in taxable income between 2014 and 2019 to avoid paying federal income taxes. Jones failed to report income he gained from illegal bookmaking activities and made false statements to federal agents in February 2019 during the investigation. Judge Mannion sentenced Jones to serve six months of his three-year term of probation on home confinement, and to pay $117,370 in restitution for taxes due and owing. Judge Mannion noted that but for COVID, Jones would have had to serve prison time, but his medical conditions placed him at high risk. The case was investigated by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI) and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sean A. Camoni.