The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

June 11, 2013

Indicted man resigns from Hermitage sewer board


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HERMITAGE — Eric Graven, who was indicted last week on federal tax evasion and conspiracy charges, has resigned as a member of the Hermitage Municipal Authority, said City Manager Gary P. Hinkson.

A longtime member of the agency that owns HermitageÕs sanitary sewer system, Graven was in the middle of a term that ends Jan. 1, 2017.

Graven, 711 Audubon Drive, was indicted by a federal grand jury June 4 with three counts each of making or subscribing a false tax return and aiding and assisting the making or subscribing of a false tax return and one count of conspiracy.

GravenÕs wife, Barbara, was charged with six counts of making or subscribing a false tax return and one count of conspiracy.

The charges relate to their business, Custom Stone and Tile Inc., 2125 Broadway Ave., Hermitage. They failed to report corporate gross receipts for the years 2005-08 in their business and personal income tax forms, according to the indictment.

Customer cash payments totaling $268,797 were not entered into company records, the indictment said.

The Gravens have been sent summonses to appear for arraignment before a magistrate judge at 9:30 a.m. June 27 in U.S. District Court, Pittsburgh.