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Amherst man pleads guilty to filing false tax returns

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BUFFALO, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Maxim Levin, 40, of Amherst, NY, pleaded guilty before Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci, Jr. to filing a false tax return. The charge carries a maximum penalty of three years in prison, and a $250,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney MaryEllen Kresse, who is handling the case, stated that from 2012 to 2015, the defendant operated Glebova Realty Group LLC, which purchased, renovated and sold real estate throughout the Buffalo, NY area. During those years, Levin filed federal income tax returns but failed accurately to report the gross receipts that he earned from his real estate business to the Internal Revenue Service and failed to pay taxes on such income. Specifically, Levin caused over $3,100,000 of gross receipts, derived from his real estate business, to be excluded from his income tax returns, resulting in a tax loss of $161,606.

The plea is the result of an investigation by the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division, under the direction of Special Agent-In-Charge James D. Robnett, New York Field Office, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Gary Loeffert.

Sentencing is scheduled for December 13, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. before Chief Judge Gerace.