Southampton man sentenced to prison for tax fraud


Date: February 7, 2020


On February 6, 2020, Duane Wilson of Southampton, PA, was sentenced to six months in prison, followed by six months of home confinement. Wilson was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $272,742.00 to the IRS. Wilson previously pled guilty to filing a false tax return.

Wilson, who was once employed by Valley Power in Willow Grove, PA, embezzled over $1 million from his former employer. Wilson failed to report some of those funds on his tax return. Wilson's actions caused a loss of approximately $272,742.00 to the IRS.

"No matter the source, all income is taxable," said IRS Criminal Investigation Special Agent in Charge Guy Ficco. "There is no better time than tax season to remind the public that knowingly omitting income on a tax return is a felony; one that could result in jail time."

In fashioning a sentence, United States District Court Judge Joshua D. Wolson referred to this case as a straight forward crime of greed.

Wilson will begin serving his prison sentence on April 6, 2020.

The case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Paul Gray.