Criminal Complaints Issued Against Pittsfield Woman for Allegedly Failing to File and Filing False Tax Returns

April 7, 2003
Beth Stone
(617) 727-2543

Boston- Criminal complaints have been issued against a Pittsfield woman charging that she allegedly failed to file and filed false income tax returns, Attorney General Tom Reilly and Department of Revenue (DOR) Commissioner Alan LeBovidge announced today.

The Pittsfield District Court complaints charge Arlene Parker, 62, of Pittsfield, with four counts of failure to file income tax returns and one count of filing a false return. She will be summonsed to appear in court April 14 for arraignment.

"It is getting harder and harder to cheat the system," Commissioner LeBovidge said. "During our recent amnesty program we told people, 'Find us before we find you.' It's true. We have the tools to find non-filers and under-reporters."

The DOR investigation found from 1996-1999, Parker allegedly did not submit any state income tax returns. Further investigation revealed that during those years Parker had allegedly grossed incomes in the amounts of more than $35,000 in 1996; more than $41,000 in 1997; more than $78,000 in 1998; and more than $189,000 in 1999.

The criminal complaints also allege that in 2000, Parker submitted an out-of-state resident income tax return showing $6,320 in income but the investigation revealed that Parker allegedly made more than $95,000 in income.

Defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Assistant Attorney General Matthew Shea of AG Reilly's Western Massachusetts Division is prosecuting the case, which was investigated by Investigator Tom Nowicki of the DOR's Criminal Investigations Bureau and State Police assigned to AG Reilly's Office.

Reprinted with the permission of the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office.