Scranton Funeral Director Pleads Guilty to Tax Evasion

February 08, 2019 - 4:19 pm

A Scranton funeral director has pleaded guilty to income tax evasion resulting in a loss to the federal government of more than 230-thousand dollars.

60-year old Al Hughes entered the plea in federal court in Scranton. The U.S. attorney says Hughes admitted to diverting nearly 900-thousand dollars in corporate receipts to his personal benefit, and failed to report the money as income on his federal tax returns.

Hughes also admitted that he began diverting corporate receipts in 2009 and continued through 2014, and that he cashed hundreds of customer checks, intended for payment of funeral home services at various financial institutions.

Federal authorities say Hughes diverted receipts from four area funeral homes, including the Thomas J. Hughes Funeral Home, the Eagan-Hughes Funeral Home, the McGoff-Hughes Funeral Home, and the Davies & Jones Funeral Chapel.
Hughes faces a maximum penalty of 5 years in prison, a term of supervised release and a fine.

No sentencing date has been set

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