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Seneca Falls man pleads guilty to tax charge

A Seneca Falls man faces prison time, a fine or both after pleading guilty to filing a false tax return.

James LaRock II, 42, pleaded guilty to the charge Thursday in federal court. The plea was announced by James Kennedy Jr., acting U.S. Attorney for the Western District of New York. The charge carries a maximum penalty of three years in prison and a fine of $250,000.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Tiffany Lee, who is handling the case, said for the tax years 2010-13, LaRock filed false personal income tax returns. Lee said LaRock’s misdeeds included understating his gross receipts and omitting the cost of goods.

LaRock, who is self-employed in the logging and firewood business, omitted about $280,470 in taxable income, resulting in a tax loss of $101,749 to the Internal Revenue Service.

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