WILLIAMSPORT, PENNSYLVANIA — Devon Buck, age 33, of Cogan Station, Pennsylvania, was charged on April 20th with attempting to evade income taxes in a one-count criminal Information.
According to United States Attorney John C. Gurganus, the Information alleges that Buck operated DCL Landscaping and attempted to evade $203,324 in federal income taxes from 2015 to 2019. According to the Information, Buck prepared and delivered business invoices to DCL customers requesting that they make checks for landscaping services payable to Buck personally rather than to DCL, Buck requested that customers not include the DCL name on their checks, and Buck provided DCL invoices to customers that included an instruction to make payments payable to Buck personally rather than to DCL. Additionally, the Information alleges that between 2015 and 2019, Buck diverted approximately $677,877 of DCL receipts by cashing customer checks rather than depositing them into a business bank account, depositing only $240,749 of customer payments into the DCL business bank account during that time period. He allegedly provided fraudulent business summaries to his tax preparer for use in preparing IRS Form 1040 income tax returns and Schedule C business receipts and expenses statements, which falsely underreported DCL gross receipts and evaded payment of federal income taxes.
The Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigations Division investigated the case. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney George J. Rocktashel.
The maximum penalty under federal law is five (5) years in prison, followed by a period of supervised release, and a fine. Following a conviction, the Judge imposes a sentence based on the applicable federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.