The wife of a dentist who practices in Potsdam has pled guilty and was sentenced in federal court for filing a false tax return on her husband’s dentistry income.
Donna Schneeberger, 53, Clayton, pled guilty in April to a single count of subscribing and filing a false tax return, and was sentenced Wednesday to probation for three years and a $25,000 fine by U.S. District Judge David N. Hurd in Utica.
After an investigation by the Syracuse Criminal Investigation Division of the Internal Revenue Service, Schneeberger admitted that the joint income tax return that she had signed and filed for tax year 2007 had failed to include income earned by the dental practice, for which she maintained the books and records.
Donna Schneeberger is the wife of Gerald Schneeberger DDS, an associate at St. Lawrence Oral Surgery, 22 Depot St. in Potsdam, who also practices at another office in Watertown.
She also admitted that she had failed to report over $700,000 in income between 2005 and 2007, and the court found that she had deprived the United States of taxes in excess of $230,000.
According to a press release from the court, the sentence was mitigated by the “defendant’s extensive civic contributions in Watertown and Clayton.”
As part of her probation, Schneeburger, who prior to sentencing had paid the unreported taxes, was ordered by Judge Hurd to pay “all interest and penalties resulting from the criminal behavior.”