Squirrel Hill periodontist pleads guilty to false tax returns

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An Upper St. Clair man with a specialized Robinson dental practice pleaded guilty to filing false tax returns today, after paying the overdue funds to the IRS.

Periodontist Charles W. Schwimer, 55, was accused of characterizing personal expenses as business expenses, and failing to report cash payments, in a tax return he filed in 2010.

Under the terms of a plea agreement, he paid the IRS $83,965.

Federal sentencing guidelines suggest that he could spend six months in prison, said assistant U.S. attorney James Wilson.

Defense attorney Efrem Grail, though, said that Mr. Schwimer "is eligible for home detention or probation, and I would just note for the court that the restitution amount has already been paid."

U.S. District Judge Arthur J. Schwab scheduled sentencing for Sept. 24.

Rich Lord: rlord@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1542. Twitter: @richelord.

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