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Bridgeport Resident Pleads Guilty to Filing False Tax Return

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A Bridgeport resident pleaded guilty in United States District Court in Clarksburg last week, according to a news release from the office of the U.S. Attorney Northern District of West Virginia.

John R. Mazza, 46, pleaded guilty to filing a false form 941 tax return, according to the news release.

By pleading guilty, Mazza admitted that in 2009, he failed to make $18,195.51 in payroll tax deposits despite what had been indicated on the 941 tax return filed with the IRS by Mazza, according to the news release.

Mazza, who conducted his business in Bridgeport under the name "Financial Healthcare Management", stipulated in his plea agreement that the total amount of taxes that he failed to pay since 2004 equals $316,518.40, officials said.

Mazza is currently free on bond pending sentencing and faces up to three years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Randolph J. Bernard and was investigated by the IRS-Criminal Investigation Division.