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PHILADELPHIA, PA (February 22, 2019)On February 21, 2019, Warren Martin, age 51, of Winter Garden, Florida, was sentenced to one year and a day in federal prison for filing false income tax returns.  Judge Joel H. Slomsky also ordered Warren Martin to pay restitution in the amount of $188,383.00. Following his prison sentence, Warren Martin will be on supervised release for one year.


Warren Martin, a religious leader of a church in North Philadelphia, was previously charged by Information with five counts of filing false income tax returns. Warren Martin’s taxable income during tax years 2011 through 2015 was significantly higher than what he reported on his tax returns.  Warren Martin’s failure to report all of his income resulted in a loss, to the government, of over $188,000.00.


“Filing a false tax return is a felony that carries significant penalties,” said Guy Ficco, IRS Criminal Investigation Special Agent in Charge. “As a result of his criminal conduct, Warren Martin is now a convicted felon, sentenced to prison, and has been ordered to pay back all taxes owed.”


The case was investigated by Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Laurie Magid.