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Clayton woman who evaded $230k in taxes is sentenced to probation

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A Clayton woman was sentenced Thursday to three years’ federal probation for evading more than $230,000 in taxes on income earned by her husband’s Watertown dental practice.

Donna G. Schneeberger, 53, was sentenced in U.S. District Court, Utica, for an April 22 guilty plea to subscribing and filing a false tax return.

According to court documents, Mrs. Schneeberger was responsible for keeping all the books and records for the dental business of her husband, Dr. Gerald J. Schneeberger, between 1999 and 2009.

She admitted that the joint tax return she signed and filed for tax year 2007 failed to include income earned from the dental practice. She admitted that between 2005 and 2007, she failed to report more than $700,000 in income, and it was found that she had failed to pay taxes of at least $230,000.

In addition to probation, Mrs. Schneeberger was fined $25,000, an amount due immediately at sentencing, according to court documents. According to the U.S. attorney’s office, Mrs. Schneeberger had paid all due taxes prior to sentencing, although she also will have to pay an unspecified amount of interest and penalties as part of her probation.

Prosecutors said in a prepared statement that Judge David N. Hurd imposed a sentence of probation, rather than prison time, partly in recognition of her “extensive civic contributions” in Watertown and Clayton.

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