PITTSBURGH—A 71-year-old Pennsylvania man faces up to a year and half in prison when he's sentenced by a federal judge in Pittsburgh for trying to evade $132,000 in income tax on $520,000 worth of Pennsylvania Lottery winnings.

Sherman Friend, of McClellandtown, pleaded guilty in September to having 40 people cash in lottery tickets so he could avoid the taxes.

Prosecutors say Friend won big when he bought 208 50-cent tickets on the number 1127 for the lottery's mid-day Big 4 drawing on Dec. 17, 2009. Each ticket was worth $2,500, so Friend asked more than 20 friends who, in turn, recruited others, to cash the tickets so the tax liability couldn't be traced back to him.

In most instances, Friend paid the ticket-cashers $250, or 10 percent of each ticket's value.


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