OIG Investigative Reports Press Release Mount Pocono PA., 03/26/2013 - Former Pennsylvania Charter School Operator Charged With Federal Income Tax Fraud Skip to main contentAbout UsContact UsFAQs Language Assistance Englishespañol中文: 繁體版Việt-ngữ한국어TagalogРусский U.S. Department of Education Search for: Toggle navigation U.S. Department of Education Student Loans Grants Laws Data About ED OFFICES Home Reports & Resources Programs/Initiatives News Office Contacts Investigation Report THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY'S OFFICE MIDDLE DISTRICT of PENNSYLVANIA NEWS Former Pennsylvania Charter School Operator Charged With Federal Income Tax Fraud FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 26, 2013 The United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that a federal grand jury in Scranton has handed up a two count Indictment today charging Dennis Bloom, age 58, of Mount Pocono, Pennsylvania, with tax fraud. Specifically, Bloom is charged with one count of tax evasion and one count of filing a false tax return as a result of his alleged failure to include a substantial amount of income in his 2006 federal income tax return. Bloom is the former chief executive officer of the Pocono Mountain Charter School and Pastor of Shawnee Tabernacle Church, both in Mount Pocono. According to United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, the charges stem from an investigation initiated by the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigations and the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Inspector General. Prosecution is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Lorna N. Graham. "The Role of IRS-Criminal Investigation becomes more important in embezzlement and fraud cases due to the complex financial transactions that can take time to unravel," said Akeia Conner, Special Agent in Charge of the IRS-Criminal Investigation, Philadelphia Field Office. "As we often see, the victims are not only taxpayers but also the individuals and entities who suffer the financial harm. Be assured that we are serious about investigating these crimes and we will vigorously pursue criminals who steal from the American taxpayer." Indictments and Criminal Informations are only allegations. All persons charged are presumed to be innocent unless and until found guilty in court. A sentence following a finding of guilty is imposed by the Judge after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines. In this particular case, the maximum penalty under the federal statute is eight years' imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the Judge is also required to consider and weigh a number of factors, including the nature, circumstances and seriousness of the offense; the history and characteristics of the defendant; and the need to punish the defendant, protect the public and provide for the defendant's educational, vocational and medical needs. For these reasons, the statutory maximum penalty for the offense is not an accurate indicator of the potential sentence for a specific defendant. ##### Top Printable view Last Modified: 03/28/2013 How Do I Find... Student loans, forgiveness College accreditation No Child Left Behind FERPA FAFSA 1098-E Tax Form 2015 Budget Proposal More > Information About... Transforming Teaching Family and Community Engagement Early Learning K-12 Reforms More > Connect Facebook Twitter YouTube Email RSS Google+ More > MISUSED FOIA OIG Fraud Hotline Our mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access. Student Loans Repaying Loans Defaulted Loans Loan Forgiveness Loan Servicers Grants & Programs Apply for Pell Grants Grants Forecast Open Grant Competitions Find Grant Programs by Eligibility Laws & Guidance No Child Left Behind FERPA Civil Rights Data & Research Education Statistics Postsecondary Education Data State Education Data Nation's Report Card What Works Clearinghouse About Us Contact Us ED Offices Jobs News FAQs Budget, Performance Notices FOIAPrivacySecurityInformation qualityInspector GeneralWhitehouse.govUSA.govBenefits.govRegulations.gov
Former Pennsylvania Charter School Operator Charged With Federal Income Tax Fraud. Mount Pocono, PA., March 26, 2013
Published by the Department of Education, Office of Inspector General on 2013-03-26.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report.