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Mr. John A. Havey

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Aliquippa attorney guilty of tax evasion
www.post-gazette.com, 12 Feb 2005 [cached]
A federal court jury yesterday convicted Aliquippa attorney John A. Havey on three counts of income tax evasion.
Havey failed to pay almost $206,000 in taxes he owed for 1993, '94 and '95.During that time, his highest-profile job was as solicitor for the Aliquippa School District.
The jury of nine women and three men deliberated less than four hours.
Havey, 58, will be sentenced May 6 in Pittsburgh by Chief U.S. District Judge Donetta Ambrose.
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Havey worked as solicitor for the Aliquippa schools for three decades until his indictment in 2003.He also was solicitor for the South Side Area School District and Aliquippa Water Authority.
Lawyer sentenced - PittsburghLIVE.com
www.pittsburghlive.com, 4 Feb 2006 [cached]
John A. Havey, 60, of Hopewell, was sentenced to 21 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Donetta W. Ambrose, who said it was difficult to sentence a fellow attorney but that jail time was necessary to show others that income tax evasion is a serious crime.
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Havey is the former solicitor of the Aliquippa and South Side Area school districts and the Aliquippa Water Authority, all in Beaver County.He also was the girls' soccer coach at Hopewell Senior High School.He was convicted by a jury in February 2005 of three counts of income tax fraud for failing to report $548,719 in income from 1993 through 1995.
Havey might have been habitually lax when it came to filing his tax returns and paying what he owed the Internal Revenue Service, but he enjoys a golden reputation among many in Beaver County because of his community efforts.
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"A lot of kids, students, are better off because of Mr. Havey," said his attorney, William Kaczynski.
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Helping with school musicals and fundraisers at B.F. Jones Memorial Library in Aliquippa, Havey worked tirelessly in the community, friends and relatives told Ambrose.
Former solicitor faces trial for tax evasion - PittsburghLIVE.com
www.pittsburghlive.com, 2 Feb 2005 [cached]
John Havey, 59, the former solicitor for the Aliquippa School District, the South Side Area School District and the Aliquippa Water Authority, all in Beaver County, is charged with three counts of income tax evasion.
Havey, of Aliquippa, resigned as solicitor for the three agencies after the tax evasion investigation became public.
West said that Havey filed 1993, 1994 and 1995 tax returns in 1997.
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Havey, who is representing himself, told the jurors his tax returns were late because he was fighting a foreclosure on his home in the early 1990s and got bogged down with his duties as coach for a girl's youth soccer team.
Havey said he knew his income tax returns were incorrect, but planned to file amended returns eventually.Havey said he filed incorrect returns because the IRS was threatening to padlock his law firm if he didn't get the returns filed.
Havey said he told an IRS official he planned to amend the returns, but the official told him the matter was now a criminal case and that he could not do so.
Havey told jurors that he had too much to lose to try to cheat the government, and had always planned to file an amended return.
"I would not jeopardize my family, my career and my freedom on such a boneheaded move," Havey said.
Beaver County Times/Allegheny Times
www.timesonline.com, 11 July 2002 [cached]
"There's an effort being made to get answers," said Aliquippa Solicitor John Havey."The question is: Does anybody know the answers?"
Man convicted of tax fraud - PittsburghLIVE.com
www.pittsburghlive.com, 12 Feb 2005 [cached]
John Havey told a federal jury he is a fighter and vowed to persuade jurors that the income tax fraud charges against him are a big mistake.
He represented himself during the trial and gave long-winded arguments to the jury in his defense.
The jury didn't buy it.On Friday, Havey was convicted of three counts of income tax fraud for failing to report $548,719 in income from 1993 through 1995.He sat grim-faced as the jury foreman announced the verdict.
His tax returns, filed late in 1997, state that he owed $91,000 in income taxes for those years.Evidence compiled by the IRS' Criminal Investigation Division showed he owes $298,000.
Havey, 59, of Aliquippa, portrayed himself to the jury as a "small town" lawyer who built up a successful practice and was a victim of the IRS.He said he came out of the steel mills of the area -- the descendant of immigrants from Beirut and Czechoslovakia -- to put himself through law school.
He said he had too much to lose to commit income tax fraud.
"I would not jeopardize my law practice," he told the jury on Thursday, beseeching them to find him not guilty."I'm a lawyer.That's all I've ever done.I'm not an entrepreneur.My intent was to keep my office open, keep a house over my family's head and pay my bills on time."
He had served as the solicitor of the Aliquippa and South Side Area school districts and the Aliquippa Water Authority, all in Beaver County.He resigned those positions after he was charged with income tax fraud.
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Havey told the jury during his tax-fraud trial that he had a stubborn streak that got him in trouble during a dispute with a mortgage lender.Eventually, his home in Aliquippa went into foreclosure, and he contended that he became so distracted that he let his income taxes go for several years.
He said that when he finally got around to filing his returns, he couldn't get all of his brokerage account activity ready in time to meet an IRS deadline.He said he filed the returns anyway because the IRS was threatening to padlock his law office if he didn't.
Havey argued that he always planned to file amended returns, but the IRS wouldn't let him because it became a criminal matter.He blamed his accountant for failing to do a good job.
During cross-examination, Assistant U.S. Attorney James Wilson repeatedly pointed out that Havey had opportunities to file amended return, but never did so.
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The Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, which recommends to the state Supreme Court whether lawyers should be punished, declined yesterday to say whether it will recommend any action against Havey.
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