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Easton real estate agent charged with tax evasion

June 15, 2014

By Peter Hall, The Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.)



June 15--A Palmer Township real estate agent allegedly hid assets including her home to avoid seizure by the IRS and spent cash on luxuries instead of paying the government money she owed, federal prosecutors say.

Lilliam Zawarski, 60, was charged Friday with tax evasion in federal court in Allentown, according to court documents.

Prosecutors say Zawarski, who worked for Nic Zawarski and Sons Realty, took steps to avoid paying a $131,349 debt she owed to the IRS for taxes between 2007 and 2009.

Court papers say she paid other creditors instead of paying the IRS and spent money on luxury goods and services instead of repaying her debt.

Zawarski allegedly did not use her own name when she bought her family's home in 2003, putting it beyond the IRS's reach as an asset. Despite not owning the home in her name, Zawarski personally made mortgage payments and claimed a mortgage interest deduction on her taxes, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors allege Zawarski also used cash rather than depositing her paychecks into a bank account where the money could be seized. She also made extensive use of credit cards including those of family members and used cash to pay the bills, prosecutors say.

It was unclear Friday whether Zawarski has an attorney.

-- Peter Hall

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